Nobody At All

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    At 63, I've grown comfortable in my skin

    Nobody At All

    I'm nobody at all
    I've lately figured that out.
    A once great frog on the wall.
    Now I'm nothing about which to shout.

    Thanks to the rough education
    God's lately delivered to me,
    I've experienced an edification
    Uncomfortable as a lesson could be.

    The loss of my fine reputation
    Though is not too heavy to bear.
    And I've shortened my day's preparation
    Now that I'm losing my hair.

    I'm tossing the hair gel and mousse,
    The red power tie, three-piece suit.
    All trappings of being somebody with juice.
    The question of costume's now moot.

    If you're nobody, then nobody's looking
    To find you and put you to charity work.
    You're not part of the plans they are cooking
    You've no noblesse oblige' left to shirk.

    I find it all quite liberating,
    Being no one makes you strong and not weak.
    To not care about the critics' berating.
    Sets you free of the "somebody" clique.

    I don't care who thinks my way is silly.
    I'm a big frog in my own little pond.
    And I'll decorate my pad on a lily
    With some moss, a flower and a frond.

    Just what I have, not what they say are
    The things I need to be one of the favored.
    For life is a banquet set just where you are,
    It only takes time to be savored.

    © 2017 by Tom King

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    In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.

    Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Czech writer.

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