On Seriousness

Carmen Herrera

Ah, the Gift!
To take Troubles
with a grain of salt
to weep at others’ pain
to laugh at our own
conscious the gift
of resilience

In childhood
we expected Life
to end at toothache
worlds to stop turning
for our discomforts
sympathy potent
as analgesic

In old age
we carry Pains
about as old friends
who’ve moved`in to stay
hands ache in grasps
find tranquility
in opening

“He had seriousness – extreme seriousness – for others,
but never for himself. Tranquility was to him.” ~ Herman Melville


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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