Tuesday, April 29, 2008

He Asks, I Answer

How long does it take
how long
to learn something
something hard as
riding a bike
knitting a sock
teaching a class
growing a tomato
cooking a turkey?

I am here, honey
to tell you
it takes a long time
a long time
and you will
skin your knee
start over ten times
embarrass yourself a little
over water
burn your hand
and beat your little head
against the table.

But the hard things
the really hard things
the things that drive you crazy
the things you want the most
are almost always
worth it.

8 comments:

Karen said...

A longer poem than usual--I like that--it gives you chance to really sink your teeth into the idea. I read this one earlier today, but needed to think for a while--it made me ask, (and I admit, this is probably a strange reaction) when wasn't it worth it?

Good one.

Karen said...

A longer poem than usual--I like that--it gives you chance to really sink your teeth into the idea. I read this one earlier today, but needed to think for a while--it made me ask, (and I admit, this is probably a strange reaction) when wasn't it worth it?

Good one.

Karen said...

Hmm...and for some reason, this posted twice...sorry!

Karen said...

Hmm...and for some reason, this posted twice...sorry!

a square peg said...

i really like this one. nice to find a fellow poet... found you via your comment on mrs. g's blog. my poetry blog is http://haikuparadise.blogspot.com if you're interested.

i'll be back...

The Other Laura said...

Hi again and thanks for stopping by.

I'm currently in the process of cutting and pasting all these little things that I wrote in April (for National Poetry Month) into a long poem. It's a lot of fun.

I like this one too.

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–źLEKSANDRA MOREL said...

This one left me teary. Thank you. I have a 3 y.o. boy