Sometimes and Other Times

by Mark Chmiel

Sometimes
You have such lucidity that people  are jaw-dropped in awe

Other times
Even with 20/20 you can’t see what’s in front of you

Sometimes
You’re the strongest person, everybody’s Rock of Gibraltar

Other times
Fear  has its way with you and you can’t shake  off the shakes

Sometimes
Your memory kaleidoscope  is your delight

Other times
Your memory kaleidoscope is your undoing

Sometimes
You breathe in and out mindfully  and smile

Other times
You gasp in and scream out  long and loud

Sometimes
“Please, don’t say anything”

Other times
“Call me, and talk to me for an hour”

Sometimes
You realize you’re not in agony and how odd that is

Other times
Desperation is as routine and on time as three meals a day

Sometimes
On a long run you feel like you’re 21 again

Other times
Your heart’s not into it and you hobble home

Sometimes
You appreciate every kind note that comes your way

Other times
You plan a massive bonfire of all those sympathy cards

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