On Resistance

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We were content then
the time of our lives even
Predictable as the ocean tide
long slack & current easy

We slept on our watch

And awoke in a storm
holding anything at hand
Certain we were about to die
certain in our discontent
we were actually alive

Love needs resistance
as a sailboat needs wind
It is the discontented heart
which sees beyond itself
a light in life’s window

“All literature is protest.” ~ Richard Wright


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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7 Responses to On Resistance

  1. I sometimes (not often) wonder my outcome had I been a hippie

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