"Inches"

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"Inches"

I don't care who we are

Butcher, baker, candlestick maker

 

Sooner or later

We all come to a wall unconquerable

The one that takes all the wind out of our sails

A place that forces us to rest

To recoup our losses

To lose the weighty excesses

Years of overindulgence and waste

Suffering and disappointment

Have saddled to our invisible midsections

 

You know the place

You may be there now

Catching that second wind

 

If so

Don't let it get you down

 

It's there only to make you stronger

Lighter

So that when the time comes to go over the wall

We can do it easily

Light as a feather

With inches to spare

 

 

John Christopher

1995

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A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

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