Symphonic Time

Some days seem a month of Sundays long,

With time to redo, to right any wrong.

If plenty to tackle, that seems fine,

But if idle and anxious, who stretches time?


December is here, 2018 almost history,

We’re facing 2019 with blanks and mystery.

Intentions and failures stare us down now,

Best-laid plans lost in last year’s vows.


“Back when the world rhymed and strummed”

– Back when I was innocent and young –

“And tapped its feet and tickled the ivories”

– Life brimmed with love and plans and babies.


Now the world sounds out of tune.

I pray for sweet melodies soon,

To soothe the nerves and soften the sighs

As I cover my ears and close my eyes.


Who gave time permission to speed?

When passions emerge, as do frantic needs,

I want more of it, not less,

To erase pains and savor happiness.


Alas, it’s less what I have, more what I do.

With a world out of tempo, I can’t simply stew.

Do-nothing attitudes help little improve.

I’ll play my own notes, find my own groove.


Don’t mimic mine. Play YOUR tune and tempo,

Plunk YOUR notes, tap YOUR heel and toe.

Let’s not play in unison but in harmony.

Peace and progress can sing in diversity.

(“…back when the world rhymed and strummed, tapped its feet and tickled the ivories…” is a line from Middle C by William H. Gass).

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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