Tuesday, April 17, 2012

NOBODY'S GONNA MAKE IT

This
is not  a test
you will pass

it’s the only
exam you get
a no-grade final

hate to be
the bearer of
bad reminders
but
nobody’s gonna make it
outta this class
alive

see
you act like
you in control
runnin’ thangs
like you got time
to do it all later
like just know  you got
next week
tomorrow
thirty minutes
from now to
visit
call
profess love
be  with who you love
lend a hand
work things out
act right
backtrack to git it right
forgive
apologize
enjoy what
and who
there is to enjoy
say and do
what’s in your heart

you spend
most of your
class time
livin’ for them
not for you
doin’ what
they  say you should
cuz hey
they  know what you need
like
want
better than you
cuz they think
they qualified
to run  
yo'  thang
like they got time
to do you  
and
them

but this class
is for learnin’
’bout who we are
what makes us tick
gittin’ the happy
we all deserve—  
our  way
for growin’ into our best
addin’ joy
not stress
to the lives of others
so that when class
is dismissed—
whatever time that is—
and we turn our life in
on the way out
we can say
we got all
the answers right
for ourselves

but don’t squander
away these minutes
kicked back in your chair
thinkin’ you can
just
make this test up
later


tick

tock


you act like
you got time

but you can’t

see


the clock



©2012 Charlene E. Green










Saturday, April 7, 2012

PROFILE



Maybe
it’s not always time for
Basketball Wives
True Blood
Dancing with the Stars
or the 11 o’clock news
not always time
to click “Like”
become entrenched in a
72-comment conversation
on Facebook
to debate & protest
upload risqué
bathroom-mirror pics
or flood the News Feed
with virtual celebration
about Kobe’s 17th
3-pointer tonight

When’s the last time
you debated the deception
your head has you believing?
got you wedged in relentless
unsavory life patterns
questioning your sanity
spinning in a splintered cycle

Maybe
it’s time to ask “why”
of your substandard conditions
protest your shortage of answers
ponder your own fate
lament less for others
not that they aren’t important
but if you deplete
your energy on them
what's left for you?

Or maybe that’s your point

Maybe
it’s time to visit
with your shadow
find out how it feels
about trailing behind you
in your eternal state of flux
ask if it’s tired
of watching you stumble
and being dragged along
on your rutted journey
apologize for wild-goose chases
for not giving better directions
invite it to lead for a bit
so you can
rewire your GPS

Maybe
it’s time to watch
your reality show
it’s on right now
all day
the real you
unstaged
in need of your dominance
but you’re on mute
cuz you’re bored
confused about the plot
afraid of the conclusion

Maybe
it’s time to “Like”
your own interests & opinions
comment on your behavior
upload mental pics
of your ambitions in fruition
unfriend your ego’s drivel
friend your higher self instead
star in your own life
out-perform yourself
make your shadow proud
to have you as its leader

Maybe
it’s time
to update your profile

offline

Copyright 2012
Charlene E. Green