Monday, February 10, 2014

Endlessness


They appear
Like soldiers
Blue or black
In neat dress
Standing sharp
Ready to
Hit their mark

Lined up
In perfect rows
Leaving space
Both below
And above
At attention
Until I dismiss

They wait
For my command
Mixed officers
And privates
Watching intensely
To see who
Will be chosen

Who's first and
Who is last

I cannot
Live without them
And they live
Only for me
Waiting, waiting
For their time
Their call

In boxes
On calendars
And on scraps
Of paper
Hoping they
Do not outlive
Their use-by date

Hoping they
will not
be forgotten
Hoping they
Get a check
And some
A star

Before they
Are discharged
With a single
Hard line
across their chests.

20 comments:

  1. Oh I love this so much. That army of Endlessness marches on in my home too and the ones with the hard line are only replaced with new recruits:)

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  2. Plus I meant to say, Tabor you are genius.

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  3. Bang. That's delightful. Mine are all calling to me today, and I have to do something about that shouting chorus. Just delightful.

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  4. Bang. That's delightful. Mine are all calling to me today, and I have to do something about that shouting chorus. Just delightful.

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  5. Mine all calling early this morning. Filled the bird feeders with fear and trimbling. This cold weather sure likes arthur.
    But still on the floor at 6:30
    with the Yoga. They say keep moving and I never stop :)

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  6. Ah, the endless list. Job security!

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  7. Excellent. We do endless battle for sure. I just added to my list before reading this. Really well written, Tabor.

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  8. Love this, Tabor. These are the same little demons hovering over my bed at 3AM.

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  9. In my life, the dutiful one is my husband. Though he has managed to reform me some.

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  10. Sounds like it's time to run away for a play day.

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  12. This made me chuckle.

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  13. Delegate, delegate, why don’t you.
    Or close your eyes?

    That list will still be there tomorrow, you might not.

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  14. Good list!
    I'd like travel plans to be on my list more often!
    All the rest of that get pre-empted with the Job these days-

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  15. As a die-hard listmaker, I love this! Add all the things required of starting a real estate business and getting your elderly mom settled in a new nursing home near you, and that it will be almost identical to the troops under me. :)

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