I went out to play. Why?
Looking for new friends, perhaps.
Voices, smiles, eyes danced around
Silly, wild, serious, complacent,
What fun has been
… for a while.
they started asking of me
for things to do and not do
to argue, to compete,
to shout to be heard
for no reason
not a reasonable reason at all.
I know I should have fled that instant.
But I stayed a minute longer,
Thinking “who knows? It might improve.”
staying a minute longer …
I haven’t learned my lesson yet:
Return home before
getting tired and hurt.
New place to be
New thing to do
Existence goes on
Like grandpa’s serenity
Sitting in the orchard.
Note to self:
No need to eat more than satiety
No need to think more than sanity
No need to stay longer than enough.
Life is enough.
©️A. Garden, January 2020