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No place to Go

Story ID:5929
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA. USA
Year:2008
Person:Standing In Line, Chelsea Kansas Kid
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“No place to go
All day to get there”

Today as I stood in line
At a local eatery
Making comments about waiting
When I was in the Army

A gentlemen in front of me
Turned and said “anymore I don’t care
I have no place to go
And all day to get there.”

I started thinking right away
How I used to be
Always in a rush
With this man I had to Agree.

When I was young
And always in a hurry
Time was short
Time was such a worry.

I ran everywhere I went
I could not slow down
I rushed through my teens
I was always running around.

I married a pretty gal
From out Russell Ks. way
And I still love her
Just like yesterday.

After our first boy and girl
I started to slow
I took the time
To watch them grow.

When I retired
I dropped to second gear
No reason to hurry now
As I proceed through the year.

Retirement
Is a much slower gait
I don’t get in a hurry anymore
It doesn’t bother me to wait.

As I sit here in my den
Watching TV
I watch the others rush around
Just the way I used to be.

“I have no place to go
All day to get there”
I give my remaining time
Lots of Tender Loving Care.

Monte L. Manka 05-09-2008