Her words were kittens with teasing tails
and his were puppies on playful paws;
it was all fun and games and happy trails
until Nature bared its fangs and claws.
Procrastination is a lax lap pet
who wallows in your idle time,
making sand of you— sand heavy and wet
with kitty litter, clay, and lime.
When you try to rise, you only sigh,
feeling there is always time tomorrow,
but then the hours fly, by and by,
and so now you’ve only time to borrow.
Settled in like sand in the hourglass
which gravity helps to slide down
all you do is wait while the hours pass
and lounge until turned upside down.
And the limp lap pet lingers still,
never feeling need or desire or haste,
nor anything similar to an effective will;
it is all just kitty litter— all just so much waste.
I once thought myself shoulder to shoulder
with gold-laureled poets of the past,
and though such pretenses made me bolder,
the delusions never could last.
Now I see where I stand among the giants
and among the masses as they teem—
underfoot, trammeled, my last defiance
but to lay down and die for my dream.
Stephen Marshall. Writer, illustrator, layabout. Find him on Amazon, maybe. He has paperback and kindle books listed there. He also writes Supernatural Romance under the name S.C. Foster (because his fiancee pushed him to do so). He seems to have a knack for the Romance genre, much to his chagrin. Having pursued Children's literature he is particularly proud of his Children's novel series "Lost And Found", which begins with "Chloe Among The Clover", continues recently with "Stormy Within The Strawberry Patch" and may, in some future potentiality, culminate with "Candice Through The Picket Fence". These are novels for children (including his insistent nephew), but they are also written for adults who are children at heart. His short story collection, "The Eldritch Diaries", centers primarily upon Cosmic Horror and Body Horror, combining Lovecraft's mythos with the motifs of Sigmund Freud. His largest poetry collection, "Broken Crown Kings", contains over two hundred poems and two short novellas concerning the fleeting nature of the world and Man's place within it. Recently he has published a smaller book of poetry concerning Kentucky, Moonshine, and Ghosts called "Moonshine And Spirit Chasers". A much larger collection, entitled '"Nevermore" 99 Rhymes For $0.99' is also available. For those seeking supernatural and folklore, his collection "Weeping Cherry" is available also.
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