The sign read 'Ride for FREE!'
Didn't occur to me then
That I couldn't read yet
Not that it made much difference
For Life gives us few options at times.
So I hopped aboard, eager to ride
The zephyr of life, a slippery slide...
I tumbled quick into childhood's glee
Of dreams and schemes and other things,
Slid into trouble a time or two...
Or perhaps three, but who's counting?
Almost flew past adolescence
Which was not such a bad idea
When I thought about it...
All those changes? All those hormones?
All those... zits??
Now that I've slid into adulthood.. almost colliding
With someone sliding the other way...
(Hmmm... now that CANNOT be a good sign!)
I think I am beginning to understand
Just why this ride was FREE
And sometimes wish I'd taken the scenic route
Through adolescence and beyond.
Hairpin curves and tailspins have made me reach
For a seat belt that wasn't there.
I've found myself at the top of the world
Only to crash like a boulder in the next breath.
And speaking of breath...
It has been knocked out of me
More times that I can count-
And I've never found that elusive emergency brake either
Or the pull rope that screams 'Let me OFF!'
I am thinking I can claim false advertising.
BUT.. all that being said...
Did I hop off.. say enough is enough?
Not when faced with the alternative!
No, I've kept my seat and went for the ride of my life..
Because that is what it is.. MY LIFE!
This zephyr, a slippery slide,
One I would not trade for the world!
I wonder though...
If I'd asked for seat belts,
Would I have been charged admission?
Okay.. so maybe not in THIS lifetime...
How about the next??
Perhaps.. but no matter...
I'd still hop aboard and ride like the wind!
Because in the end...
Life is what I make of IT,
Not what I let IT make of me.
© August 2005
Submitted into the Anything Goes challenge
Host: Pete (alwaysmywords)
By Myrna D.
© 2012 Myrna D.
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