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I Wish I Were . . . Certain October 29, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Magick & Mystery, Poetry, Word Play.

I wish I were certain
that “this” is all that there is

Or that it isn’t

I wish I were certain
That good will prevail over evil

Or that it won’t

I wish I were certain
That we’re on the right path

Or that we’re not

I wish I were certain
That all will be well in the end

Or that we’re doomed

All this stumbling about
For clues in the dark
Is getting old

The suspense is killing me

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related post:  The DP Writing Challenge ~ I Wish I Were


1. Andra Watkins - October 29, 2012

I’m certain that I just need to be the best me I can be.

nrhatch - October 29, 2012

Yup. The best thing to do, as we fumble about in the dark, is to share the best parts of ourselves with the world.

Still . . . I’d like a glimpse BEYOND the veil. 😯

2. judithhb - October 29, 2012

I’m certain that almost nothing is certain

nrhatch - October 29, 2012

Exactly! Come 12/12/12, it could be the end of the world as we know it. 😎

3. Tom (Aquatom1968) - October 29, 2012

Just keep on keeping on, come what may… and then keep on keeping on! 🙂

nrhatch - October 29, 2012

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. ~ George Santayana

4. sweetdaysundertheoaks - October 29, 2012

Sure would eliminate a bunch of worrying for me.. 😀

nrhatch - October 29, 2012

Having a Crystal Ball would provide a bit more clarity, eh? :mrgreen:

5. Crowing Crone Joss - October 29, 2012

I stumble about in the light and still I wonder…

nrhatch - October 29, 2012

Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is an on-coming train. Choo Choo! 😯

6. viviankirkfield - October 29, 2012

I’m certain…that blogging has enabled me to connect with amazing people I would never have known before. 🙂 Thanks for the words of ‘uncertain’ wisdom, Nancy!

nrhatch - October 30, 2012

Thanks, Vivian. Most times, I’m OK with uncertainty. But when I considered the DP Chellenge, I Wish I Were, uncertainty loomed large.

Lots of loose ends tossing about. With no one to tie up the laces.

7. Barbara Backer-Gray - October 29, 2012

I love it! By the way, how do you write a poem, with all the “enters” with a smaller line spacing than the regular space between paragraphs? Because when I write a poem on WordPress, it’s way too stretched out. I’ve tried doing it on Word and copying it, but it makes no difference.

nrhatch - October 30, 2012

Thanks, Barbara. To single space poems, I switch from “visual” (on the editing screen) to “text” and remove the space between lines. Then I switch back to visual to add images and check overall appearance. Hope that helps.

Barbara Backer-Gray - October 30, 2012

Yes, it works! Thanks.

nrhatch - October 30, 2012

Yay! Glad to help.

judithhb - October 30, 2012

Another easy way is to hold down the shift key when you push enter. That works for me.

nrhatch - October 30, 2012

Thanks, Judith. Good to know other ways around the Mulberry Bush. 🙂

8. Three Well Beings - October 30, 2012

There’s a lot of dark, isn’t there? I think you are a bright light in all that space, Nancy!

nrhatch - October 30, 2012

Thanks, Debra. Most of the time Spirit Lights The Way well enough for me to see the path unfolding. I only get bogged down when I want to peer beyond its headlights.

9. jannatwrites - October 30, 2012

Well, if the suspense doesn’t kill us, there’s a long list of other things that will! I can’t dwell on what I don’t know, so I look for the good in today. Some days that is harder than others…

nrhatch - October 30, 2012

Exactly the right attitude, Janna. Insisting on knowing the unknowable makes us anxious and fearful about what’s coming around the bend. If not downright cranky.

The DP Challenge, I Wish I Were, got me to pondering about what “missing” from my life. Not much. Except for certainty. That seemed the perfect theme for Halloween. :mrgreen:

10. Piglet in Portugal - October 30, 2012

The only thing we can be certain of is that one day we will die regardless of who we are and how much money we ahve.

Love the poem 🙂

nrhatch - October 30, 2012

Thanks, PiP! We are destined to live in the dark if we try to see past the NOW.

11. Tori Nelson - October 30, 2012

I’m just nosy enough that I want to know. I settle with lots of uneducated guessing 🙂

nrhatch - October 30, 2012

Yes! That’s it . . . I’m nosy. I’m not asking for much. Just a few fast facts. So I can make suitable plans for a future that isn’t veiled from view. :mrgreen:

12. bluebee - October 30, 2012

It’s one great mystery just waiting to be solved.

nrhatch - October 30, 2012

The clues are contradictory, eh? In some spheres, we are clearly making progress on “becoming better beings.” In others, we’re regressing . . . and leaving a wake of destruction in our path.

Time will tell. When she’s good and ready.

13. Pocket Perspectives - October 30, 2012

Hi Nancy….here’s a slide show I just put together from pages/booklet I created a few years ago, when things weren’t going so well for 3 family members…as I recall, the blotted ink was from tears… the difficulty of not knowing or being able to fix things….acceptance of “not knowing,” ….uncertainty and not being able to figure it out… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYEvlcF26oo I’ve learned a lot since then, and learned vastly more acceptance…at times.

nrhatch - October 30, 2012

Thanks, Kathy. I’m OK with uncertainty . . . most of the time.

But when I considered the DP Chellenge, I Wish I Were, uncertainty loomed ~ Lots of loose ends tossing about with no one to tie up the laces.

I’m OK with “not knowing” . . . but if wishes came true I would know far more than I do. 😎

14. Patricia - October 30, 2012

“I’m OK with “not knowing” . . . but if wishes came true I would know far more than I do.”

I am ok with not knowing or understanding–but I am not sure I really want to know more than I do. When we are given more, more is expected of us in return. Most days I have enough on my plate…

nrhatch - October 30, 2012

I expect you’re in good company, Patricia. As they say, curiosity killed the cat. MEOW! 😯

15. 2e0mca - November 4, 2012

I just knew Heisenberg would crop up somewhere while I was away 😉 One thing I was certain of – there’d be lots of fascinating posts to read when I came home!

nrhatch - November 4, 2012

Heisenberg’s “uncertainty principle” applies to life, eh? No matter our desire for certainty.

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