Patience

Willem de Kooning www.ronlindeman.com

Willem de Kooning http://www.ronlindeman.com

Some days

patience’s pages

are far too thin & few

‘Tis then it’s wise

to walk away

 

For patience

lies not in a drawer

out of which to draw

It rather lies aheart

& outs or not

 

When not

the fabric damaged

by rash intemperance

requires greater art

than abstinence

 

While absence

readily is pardoned

as true human frailty

& greeted in fact

kind tenderly

 

Such wisdom

always comes Alas

but after the nail’s bent

‘Tis but old old men

know patience

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About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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3 Responses to Patience

  1. an overrated virtue

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  2. You are both so correct :) Nevertheless, a wonderful penned lesson, Peter <3

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