Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Amusement Park

photo © Mark Butkus 2008
for Jill on her 32nd birthday

if we wanted what was good and right
we'd already have it
but we weren't conceived that way

we will shed more tears than others
the low places that we sometimes find ourselves
is the price of admission
for the ride that we are on

for scaling such grand heights
we need to be buckled in
we throw our arms in the air
and scream with a blend of fear and delight
what seems like years
is but a moment

and then we hold each other
and talk about what it was like
then we look at each other
and jump on the next ride

they all last far too short
but it is an amusement park
that we live in
and our hearts bend
they don't break

if we wanted what was good and right
we'd already have it
but we weren't nurtured that way

we will shed more tears than others
the low places that we sometimes find ourselves
is the price of admission
for the ride that we are on


— Mark Butkus