New Dawning

30 Jul

 

 

 

New dawning

by L. Stewart Marsden

 

Something dawned on me today,
early in the bathroom morn,
while I was brushing, brushing, brushing
my teeth, teeth, teeth:
that I was not as bad as I believed,
which was — I say — hard to conceive,
since throughout my life I was deceived
to think myself
not quite,
less right,
off site,
and leaning just a bit in the wrong direction.

So, by my “erroneous selection” I selected to
decrease the number of those who saw me inept,
those who detected my failings and flaws,
and who “never” and “nahed” me down to my knees,
whom I could never and nahed ever please —
those infinite heights of high expectations,
where I floundered and pawed
with no realization —

Not that I did a single one bad —
but left, with whatever dignity I had
and planted that
carefully
where no one could disturb it,
and it grew
silently
deep rooted to the earth and
now it has sprung to reveal
its sweet flower,
and I,
brushing teeth
in this early morn hour
have discovered
uncovered
a new self-respect
that not very long ago
you would never detect.

There it is: so fragile and gentle,
seeking sunlight and moisture
and rich fertilizer;
I’ll nurture it
tender it
and watch it grow strong;

as I realize the truth of its truth —
and never,
no never
will I be ever that wrong.

 

Copyright © by L. Stewart Marsden, 30 July, 2014

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