The Weekly Poem – The Do Over

Bearing in mind that Mercury goes retrograde on May 29th, the poem for this week contemplates all the ‘re’ words. For the non-astrologically minded reader of this blog, Mercury going retrograde is associated with all kind of technological snarls, travel delays and episodes of “What on earth were you thinking?!” Some astrologers say that it can last longer than the irksome three weeks with a shadow period. In which case, the complete fiasco with my Zoom Soul Journeys and Maps group this past Sunday was right on cue. So I am backing up all my Geopark Poetry Map files for sure!

Those words beginning with the prefix re are said to be well-starred during Mercury Retrograde periods, while we are gnawing our elbows over technical snafus and equipment collapses.

Speaking of the Geopark Poetry Map project, each day this week and next I am posting a daily poetry prompt based on one of the sites featured in a marvelous document compiled by Martina O’Neill, Development Officer for Partnerships and Engagement. at Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark. So check out the blog each day if you want a bit of poetry prompting and motivation. Anyone anywhere in the world is welcome to submit a poem, though only people in Ireland can visit the sites in person . And that is only fairly recently when travel restrictions were eased.

One of the things we are doing again now is taking walks in local forest parks like Cavan Burren and Glenfarne Demesne just over the county line in Leitrim. I like my lane for walks, but a change of scenery is very welcome. Some snaps from Sunday’s walk. The internet may have let me down, but nature never fails to uplift.

The Do Over

Rewind and now resurrect.
Go back and now retrace steps.
Review all of one's options.
Reconsider a career-
perhaps as Mary Poppins.

What life could have been like
if one had only veered left...
Review every little thing,
done or left undone, incomplete -
like that long abandoned college
course credit just short of a degree.

Slip off the snakeskin of failure.
Throw away that winding sheet.
I  t is only made of paper.
Remove to Boston, fly away
to Australia if only
in your imagination.

Reconsider your options.
What is done? What is do over?

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5 thoughts on “The Weekly Poem – The Do Over

  1. A point I often reflect on.. Nowadays we have life coaches who apparently can help us trek a path through the chaos of life.. This I doubt a lot simply because we simply cannot step in the same river twice we can never be 100% certain what might have happened had we “taken the road less travelled”

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  2. In the end we all have regrets about decisions we did or didn’t make it in life .. We “assume” that our lives would have much different . The successful tell me a different story that whilst there lives are much better than before they have encountered a whole set of new problems they could have never anticipated .. Few it seems are satisfied with there lot in life .🙂

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  3. Yes that is a deep one it draws my attention to the chaotic nature of our lives the ground shifts beneath our feet.. I have many times asked older and wiser people for there blueprint for success . Most have told me that they were blessed with perhaps having a good teacher or found they had perseverance even the face of failure .. None could provide the holy grail other than to try your best as best you can .. You are unique a one off and your life and times are similar …

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