Writing Snippets

Library Books


Library books
Should have
reference numbers.
People shouldn’t.
Forget your age.
Be who you are
without a number.

Tina Turner at Sixty
Concert, San Jose Arena, November 2000


Strong.
Sexy.
Vibrant.
Still dancing
with fire
and passion.
Thank you, Tina.
I am no longer
afraid
to be
sixty.


Know It All


When I was in my
"know-it-all" twenties
it was fun to theorize
about the meaning
of life.
Now that I’m in my
"every-theory-has-been-shot-to-hell"
late forties,
it’s fun
to not.


Should and Shouldn’t Syncopation


In my mid-fifties,
I realized
that I had become
stuck
in a "should"
and "shouldn’t"
syncopation.


My world had become
saturated
with "shoulds"
and "shouldn’ts."
It made me
and my life
stiff.


Life was no longer free flowing,
natural, or beautiful.
Spontaneity was gone.
Luster was lost.


"Should" and "shouldn’t"
live in the past
or in the future.
They don’t belong
to the
now.
I had sacrificed
now,
the richest of all places
to live.


After careful thought,
I decided that
"should" and "shouldn’t"
were made-up words,
created by someone who was
depressing and sad,
and probably dressed badly.


There was no legitimacy
to the words or
the concept.


Things either
"did" happen
or "didn’t" happen.
These became
my new words.
They have served
me well.


Feeling Old


If you’re feeling old,
just remember,
you’ll never be
as young
as you are today.
So, enjoy the day.


And you young folks,
if you’re feeling too young,
take heart,
you’ll be
older
tomorrow.
So, enjoy the day.

Joe O'Hehir Design