Thursday, November 6, 2014

To, Not Past

So he was old enough to retire
to become a former PR guy, and
he suspected he had never really
been a PR guy so what had he
done for forty years, except try
to convince people to talk
with each other not
past each other
because he knew what we all do
is talk past each other
as we tweet
post our secrets to Facebook
trade Instagram snarkiness
because it is better to score
than to talk, than to care 

So he wrote, he wrote
because that is what he did
that is who he was forty years
after he first tried to convince
people to talk with each other
not at
not past
not at
but to
but with
because Jesus talked
with us
to us
and he changed the world 

Photograph by George Hodan via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.


Mary Harwell Sayler said...

Glynn, your poem speaks for us as poets and writers too, so I highlighted this on the Christian Poets & Writers blog - God bless.

Maureen said...

May you find your forthcoming retirement a blessing, Glynn.

diana said...

Echoing Maureen, Glynn. This is spot on and well done. Congrats to you, excited for you on this next stage of your good working life.

Jody Lee Collins said...

You're retiring? May God multiply your dreams!