I rarely edit my poetry.
I don’t remember why I got into this practice.
It probably has to do with my love of improvisation.
Life is like that.
We have to make it up as we go.
Otherwise, it could seem to be too twisty.
I like predictability and I like surprise.
Well, I’m not so crazy about surprises
When they’re on me and they take
The rug out from under me.
Those I could do without.
And they come along anyway.
Might as well roll with them
At least as well as I do
With the good stuff.
Spontaneity makes life easier.
Set a few agreements at the outset about
Being in agreement with each other
And off we go.
So, here we are
Thinking that the events of our lives
Are so crushing
And a friend who had been told
She was in remission
To tell us that her cancer count
Is rising every day.
Plan, but don’t plan too much.
Anticipate now more than tomorrow.
Now could well be all there is.
~ by Stan Stewart
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