The Way it Is...

The Way it Is...

A Poem by David Lewis Paget

‘What are we going to do with you?’
My parents would say to me,
‘We want you to work in a banking house,
But you write poetry.
You may look back on a wasted life
If that was all you did,
You need to steady, and take a wife
So you’ll need to make a quid.’

While I, in all of my innocence
Would look at them, askance,
‘If life were just about money, then
I think I’d rather dance.
I don’t believe that it’s all about
The grind, amassing wealth,
I cast my fate to the winds, let that
Take care of it, itself.’

I needed to be creative so
I scribbled, more and more,
Composing the perfect poems that
Did not exist before,
They didn’t earn me a single quid
But that was not the plan,
A part of me will be left behind
Once I am done with man.

And so I tell the Millennials
Don’t waste your time with sweat,
But add something to your culture that
Has not been written yet,
Whether your art is writing, music,
Painting, poetry,
The question, ‘What will you do with you?’
In time, will set you free.

David Lewis Paget

© 2017 David Lewis Paget


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Richard, suggested I read some of your work. This poem is wonderful and sound advice too. Everyone should nurture their creativity. I think we all have it, but it lies dormant in many. That question asked by your parents, probably made you more inclined to writing poetry. I think it certainly would have done so in my case. Poetry has been a life long friend to me, in good times and bad, it has always been there.

Chris

Posted 3 Years Ago


We should all strive to be the best that we can be...well-written, DLP.

Posted 3 Years Ago


I rarely share the writerscafe works, mine or others on FB. But this one I am.

Posted 3 Years Ago


Before I read your work I know I'm going to love it and you never disappoint - love this one David, and with a great message - good stuff :)

Posted 3 Years Ago


I agree my friend.
"Don’t waste your time with sweat,
But add something to your culture that
Has not been written yet,
Whether your art is writing, music,
Painting, poetry,
The question, ‘What will you do with you?’
In time, will set you free."
A life working and never doing what we enjoy. We are just meat for the factories and the wealthy. I agree with the above lines. Thank you David for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote



Posted 3 Years Ago


Perhaps it was the same reasoning behind handprints at Uluru David. What a question though 'What will you do with you?' - mind blowing.
Keep leaving bits of you DLP - it's very much appreciated !

Posted 3 Years Ago


The best thing I've read so far on this website. Fantastic!

Posted 4 Years Ago



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David Lewis Paget
David Lewis Paget

Moonta, South Australia, Australia



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