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A Decision Not to Know - Guest Post by Susan Patterson

Monday, June 19th 2017 @ 12:56 PM

A Decision Not to Know
Sometimes I am defined by what I do,
Trying to make what I do, into who I am.
Yet spinning about so from one to another me
Weakens the mind and binds the soul
. . . . .

- Poem, audio, and discussion by Susan Patterson

 

 

 

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   A Decision Not to Know

Sometimes I am defined by what I do,
Trying to make what I do, into who I am.
Yet spinning about so from one to another me
Weakens the mind and binds the soul.

Sometimes, who one is has to be said
And then it must be owned.
But who is to say what and why and when?

Is it for me to say and be and then to do?
Or shall I just do and then I will be?
I truly haven’t a clue.

Well then, what?
‘Have tea!’  I say to those who query.
And leave me quietly and respectfully be!

Amen.
 
Susan Patterson
2005


Author Comments:

This poem is a favorite of my husband.  I wrote it early in 2005, or maybe before.  It was around the time when I was doing a great deal in the business world.  I've always been an active sort, but in those years, just around retirement, I started to seriously take notice of how I was feeling with the work I was doing.  It was not good.  Too much was just too much.  So, this poem came forth.  Its meaning?  Doing too much often weakens a person, both in body and in soul.  Then what?  Relax.  Take tea.  Offer tea.  Be easy on yourself.  Tell the rest of the world to do the same.  As I was reminded recently, we are human beings, not human doings.    skp

~ Susan Patterson, EarleneGrey.com

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SUSAN PATTERSON who on occasion writes under the name of Earlene Grey, is the author of two books of tea poetry, Musings With a Cuppa-The Poetry of Tea and Heart to Heart-Considered Sentiments for Teatime.  She has also published a book of memoirs, Tom and Irma-Chronicles of the 1950’s.  Her latest book, Unnoticed Moments, is a collection of contemporary poetry.  Ms. Patterson posts a weekly poetry blog, The Causerie, and is a weekly guest on an international podcast from England. Her work is humorous, thoughtfully intelligent and compelling. Please visit, www.EarleneGrey.com to schedule appearances and to purchase books.

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