The Present

Posted for a variety of prompts:

ABC Wednesday (“E is for…”)
CafĂ© Writing (“talk,” “belong,” “victory,” “destiny,” “plain,” “stronger,” “rulesanddear”)
Heads or Tails (“heads” or “tails”)
Hump Day Humor (“lawyers”)

Inspire Me Thursday (“opposite”)
Matinee Muse (“spirit of the underdog” or “driven by obsession”)

Meme Express (“Heaven”)
Three Word Wednesday (“bored,” “habit” and “settle”)
Totally Optional Prompts (“Edgar Allan Poe”)

E Is for . . . Extremism and Excellence

The Present

Ah! what is not a dream by day
To him whose eyes are cast
On things around him with a ray

Turned back upon the past?

From “A Dream
By Edgar Allan Poe

The victory and excellence
Belong most to the present tense.
A coin, flipped heads or tails, cannot
Move destiny to stronger spot.

The rules are pure and plain, my dear.
Though lawyers talk, they cannot hear.
In fact, the opposite occurs,
As fortune settles and defers.

Then, bored, the experts face the drive,
To push and pull, but ne’er arrive.
The habit, echoes heretofore;
Pursuers profit nevermore.

The present is a joy, a gift,
And those who lose it pay short shrift.
Recalling and foretelling fail,
As life accelerates its tale.

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  1. What a beautiful poem you have posted for ABC Wednesday Letter E.

    Bear((( )))

  2. I really like this little poem that puts an interesting spin on the movers and shakers of the financial world.

  3. Great job - the rhythm is wonderful and the words are real!

  4. It's all about the here and now,. The 'p' words; past and potential, mean nothing to some.

  5. What a creative contribution to ABC Wednesday.
    Thanks for being part of the day.

  6. Really delightful. I love the image of people striving for conflict without resolution.

  7. The ending seemed sad to me? Maybe I'm the only one.

  8. I like your poem, it's quite neat and your web site looks good, I can't wait to see more of it on my return from Peru. :) Sheri

  9. flip of a coin, powerful statement... beautiful post to the 3WW prompt!!