velliety into volition

Paul (from somewhere in Romans):  For I do not do what I want, but do the very thing I hate.  

If only
I were a better mother
a kinder daughter
a truer lover,
less a liar sighed into air
and forgotten; inclination
minus drive leans living
in directions I won’t take:
a lightly traveled path
glimpsed and abandoned.

Still, this imperfect
skirting of rubber
kissing asphalt–
my do balanced after
I am
and I think
until the scales tip the equation
and I bite the apple.
I take the hand.
I welcome the kiss.

Choice is choice.  

 

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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41 Responses to velliety into volition

  1. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    Your honesty – rather, your willingness to be honest – makes your poetry very enjoyable. For me, anyway!

  2. claudia says:

    true that…choice is choice and at least we have the choice…in a sermon i once heard the background of this verse…they used to tie a dead body to someone still alive and they couldn’t get rid of it but slowly died as well… i’m so glad we have the choice…

  3. We all have some regrets, but its better to move ahead, nice poem:)

  4. Susan I really like how you set the two stanzas in relations to each other…

    if only….

    choice is choice

  5. kkkkaty1 says:

    hmm..a thoughtful tact taken with the theme of volition and velleite….a good reminder to ‘bite the apple’

  6. brian miller says:

    choice is choice….great close on this…the first part i think sometimes about who we measure ourselves against to come to those conclusions and how that can def haunt us as well…enjoyed the turn int his one susan…

  7. yeoldefoole says:

    good work, Susan!

  8. the debate with yourself is so recognisable in all of us …and so honest…love it.

  9. Well, Geraldine beat me to the perfect comment :). I’ll sing in her chorus and add that the way you approached the prompt is, as always, awesome.

  10. nico says:

    Ah, really nice! Always a debate, to act or not. My favorite line: less a liar sighed into air. So sonorous, and even looks great on the page. Oh, and kissing asphalt tickled me!

  11. Susan says:

    Bless you for laying it out! The lighter road, but no inclination couldn’t hold your passion. Biting the apple demands the bravery of a vibrant life–not perfect but alive.

  12. A great reminder of that we make our choices…and that sometimes we have to bite the apple to be able to move ahead. A strong voice in this one that makes it hard to ignore…thank you for this one! 🙂

  13. Rowan Taw says:

    “Kissing asphalt” – my favorite line : )

  14. vivinfrance says:

    This was such a difficult prompt, and you handled it so well. Bravo.

  15. but I never said that – in Rome or anywhere else

  16. A familiar tale, Susan. I, too, am very familiar with those particular words of Paul’s. But, thankfully, I am also familiar with another word often used in his writings; grace.

  17. Akila says:

    very honest! choice is choice,, after all!

  18. “choice is choice” … wow, those 3 words hit home. another wonderful offering, Susan

  19. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    I like the way the two approaches lead to the same conclusion. And I like that conclusion!

  20. nelle says:

    Quite lyrical. You could write a score to this…

  21. dannypereyra says:

    a lightly traveled path
    glimpsed and abandoned.

    These lines spoke to me. Lovely.

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