The following is a poem I wrote for my daughters, who are learning firsthand how despite best laid plans, life has an agenda all its own.


Just when you have it all figured out

just when you’ve got what you want

you confidently stride into the batter’s box

and are called upon to bunt.


This is life

And so it goes

With little warning 

(or maybe no)

something will happen

On this you can trust

Your plans will change 

and life won’t feel just. 


For no one has any real control

The truth is, it’s all a mirage 

Little bits of grandeur 

tucked away in our garage. 


So if there’s just one thing you need to know

as you ride the highs, and suffer the lows,

it’s that the only way to have real control

is to risk your heart, and just let go. 


***

Jim

We Are All PCs

Jim Mitchem

Writer. Father to daughters. Husband. Ad man. Raised by wolves. @jmitchem on twitter. First novel, Minor King, out now.

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