I do it against my good judgement,

The argument is truly not there.

I do it though I’m ready this a.m.,

For one in the cool morning air.

I do it though exponentially,

The dangers undoubtedly rise.

There’ll be drunks and thieves in a hurry,

That can quickly lead to demise.

I do it though I’ll likely be weary,

There’s work round here to be done,

And despite yesterday’s travels,

I’m as fresh as a fawn in the sun.

I do it not knowing my schedule,

In theory it’s a day that is mine.

I do it because I respect you,

And I cherish the time by your side.

I do it because it’s enlightening,

Though there’s sweat and pain on the climbs,

Cause the conversations that follow,

Inspire that guy in my mind.

The four letters that make up the title,

Sent without regret.

Had behind it a world of decision,

But these words it spawned to reflect.

© 2016


A Momentous Upgrade

Upgrade at Chicks

This was her first real concert and thus special already

But she’s a fledgling fiddle player

In need of a boost

And the Dixie Chicks blow it out like few others

Instrumentalists beyond compare

A quick promotion announced for those who settled in early

Not hovering in the hot gravel – tailgating

Three phones texting and mine got the nod,

Thus she and Momma to the second row moved,

Picture taken and displayed for a half minute


The mega-talented Martie Maguire on her side of the stage most of the night

Making eye contact over and over with the 10-year-old

with the long, blond rope of a pony tail.

Was Martie looking back in time?

Reminded of her younger self?

Did she think about the way she practiced at that age,

before becoming a national champion on the fiddle?

Who inspired her, and sister Emily Strayer, to be who they are?

Was it a Texas concert “Long Time Gone?”

Perhaps with a momentous upgrade?

Twelve thousand roared their approval.

And that was not lost on our 10-year-old chick.


© 2016

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