Then


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Then

It’s about time, for her.
She has worked unselfishly,
and has more than paid her dues.
Time, then, to remember herself.
The longer that she forgets,
then the more she has to lose.

A ten-hour day,
then kids, then dinner, 
and then it’s a half past six.

The others clean up,
then they head for their screens.
Then another hour ticks.

Then TV, for another two or three.
Then she is lost in her thoughts.
Her self, getting lost in the mix.

She gives, and she gives.
She gives some more,
and then, she gives.
Seldom, does she complain.
Never, does she consider
how she barely lives.

She stares, alone then,
vaguely through the mirror,
and then she washes her face.

She remembers morning practice.
Then sets her alarm ahead,
so they won’t have to race.

She turns back the covers.
T
hen reaches for her book.
And then she takes her place.

She gives, and she gives.
She gets very little,
and then, she gives.
Seldom, does he notice.
Never, does he appreciate
how the other half lives.

Then, in the silence, he fades.
There’s a mumbled ‘good night’,
and then it’s lights out.

Then she lies there awake.
Then along comes the pain.
And then, the self-doubt.

Then, the frustration builds.
Then the inevitable tears.
And then the urge to shout.

It’s then that she realizes
that this can no longer be 
what her life is about.

She gives, and she gives.
Then she wants more.
And then she knows.
Eventually, she recognizes.
Finally, she decides.
And it’s then that she goes.

It was time then, for her.
She knew she deserved better,
and she had every right to choose.
Time then, to rediscover herself.
The longer that she waited,
then the more she had to lose.

She is taking time, now, for her self.
Leaving her longing behind,
and making a solemn, personal vow.
She will take, as much as she gives,
because this is her time to live.
That was her then, and this is her now.

 

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Consideration

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Consideration

Careful consideration
Before you speak
Think about your words
before they leak

Words often wound
when they are darts
Pointed opinions
from cold hearts
Consideration matters
Whenever you speak
Sarcasm. Negativity.
Symptoms of the weak

A cliché is a cliché
from overuse
Often just a sad,
lame excuse
Little consideration
in what you say
Languid. Thoughtless
 The lazy way

Careful consideration
Reason before the rhyme
Consider it considerate
to take the time

 

 Careful consideration
Ideally face to face
In real time
at the same place

On the same level
With due respect
The least to ask
Everything to expect
Being considerate
by not talking down
No pedestal. No pretense.
 No shiny crown

Talking voice to voice
The clearest way
On the same level
the same day
Consider a text
as the last resort
Muted. Misunderstood.
Misguided retort

Careful consideration
Ridiculous nor sublime
Consider it considerate
to take the time

 

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