FAMOUS LAST WORDS – PROMPT #85

Today we stand at week 20 of our Memoir Project. It has been a long and creative haul —  full of emotion and humor, tenderness, heartbreak and everything in between. Marie and I are so blessed to have you all as a part of this wonderful poetic partnership, and feel closer because of it. We are not finished here at POETIC BLOOMINGS, not by a long shot. Only a parting shot!

“HOW DO YOU VIEW your life? – POETIC BLOOMINGS MEMOIR PROJECT

Part 20: Famous Last Words – And now lastly, do you have a favorite phrase or saying that you use with great regularity? Use it as your title and explain/write about it. Maybe something your parents always said to stir your independence or to support your efforts? If you don’t have one, write an “In My Own Defense” poem about anything you wish to clarify about your life.

MARIE ELENA’S CLOSER:

GIVERS AND TAKERS 

Be watchful of the takers in your life –
Not every soul a giving heart retains.
The takers sap our joy and trigger strife.
My adage, this: it’s she who gives, who gains.

© Copyright – Marie Elena Good – 2012

My Aunt Peg (my Godmother) taught me that there are two kinds of people in this world:  Givers and Takers. She taught me to recognize the Takers, and not get sucked in.   It has always stuck with me.

WALT’S LAST STAND:

YOLO

Too many years wasted
tasting the bitter brew of defeat.
Sadly, my only foe was inside my head.
I should have stood and fought instead,
because I’ve found I have a lot to say,
and in my poems have found a way
to express what my heart held fast.
And at last the world will know
as my confidence grows, I can finally
show what my muse is made of.
Take your shot, you only live once!

© Copyright – Walter J. Wojtanik 2012