It is a gift to be free
To be the keepers of life
of wilderness outward & within
To be managers of every choice
such stewardship requires
A gift is responsibility

While gifts may differ
may come with ease to some
and to others but by blood & tears
character is formed in their pursuit
We become what we pursue
We can’t become other

It is the nature of life
that we humans long for love
It is not good that Adam is alone
Neither is it good for you or me
Some seek love in the mirror
Others in a counterpart

Still others seek love
in disciplines that drive them
to heights of ever greater perfection
personifying instruments they master
only to discover with time
that love is bondage

We idealize our loves
but respond practically by heart
to kindness, curiosity, affirmation, yes
even affection when these are offered
not on a holiday but in ordinary time
We choose to love or not


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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4 Responses to Choices

  1. DR. JENA says:

    Rightly said
    “We become what we pursue
    We can’t become other”
    There is an old saying ‘If you want to know your destiny, see where you are using your time’.


  2. Morgan says:

    Thank You for Being such a Blessing in my Life. Though I may not get round as often as I might like to, I Truly Appreciate YOU :)

    Liked by 1 person

  3. and by our choices shall we be judged…


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