Who Dont Amount to Much
She told me that I wasnt going to amount to much,
and she was right.
Ive amounted only to as much as
the other few billion people Ive
never heard of and dont know.
She sure was right. I guess I havent
amounted to much.
I simply stand on a par with the mass of men. Ive
never passed any legislation,
never brought peace to a warring country,
never spent the night in the palace at Versailles,
never been to the White
House to read my poetry,
never started a new religion.
No, I havent
amounted to much. Just as much as
the other few billion people who havent
turn green every spring no matter what we do.
The bulbs under the ground sprout
when the air gets warm,
and the dogs shed their winter coats when they dont
Ive never heard of
a tree stealing the leaves from one
thats more full,
nor have I ever heard of
a yellow dog wishing
he had spots.
We somehow dont do as well with our superior minds,
which often dont amount to much, at perpetuating goodness.
A simple separate person, wrote Henry Thoreau.
I write little
poems, and I wear boots, not suits.
No one stops and looks when I walk by,
my name is not spoken in high circles.
My hair gets kind of messy, when I
dont get it cut,
and I smell like coffee during the first hours of the
Some people mistake my kindness for weakness,
thinking I dont
amount to much.
Some people dont like me, but some do.
I doubt if
anyone envies me, because
I didnt amount to much.
Happy old Ryokan played with children everyday
and begged for his little
bit of food.
He once wrote, The thief left it, the moon at my window.
when he came home to find his hut empty.
People thought he was a fool. They
he didnt amount to much.
He didnt waste his time contradicting
in the new garden in the fall,
I watched all winter as Time did the rest,
turning dead earth that wouldnt even grow grass
into soil that would
tomatoes, squash . . . or maybe flowers instead.
to the power in Gods green Earth,
I havent amounted to much
The best way to see the poetry in something is to
forget about poetry, which
doesnt amount to much.
Just words on a page, some rhyme, some are cute,
some incomprehensible, but no poems are so
elegant as poetry.
However, I have many great accomplishments.
I walk to get where Im going
when a car isnt necessary,
and I dont put my grass clippings inside
I open doors for children, ladies, and men alike,
the opinions of other people, and
I dont pray in public just so people
will see me doing it.
I once nursed a squirrel back to health,
found it near dead in a gutter.
I named it Velcro, because it hung on my shirt.
To some people, those kinds of things
dont amount to much.
Kindness is the way of the lamb,
which doesnt amount to much,
the lion eats its prey, to be King of Jungle.
But the worms, which dont
amount to much,
eat the lion, because Time always prevails on the things
which truly dont amount to much.
never wielded enough power to really hurt anyone,
never had the
clout to have someone removed,
never sought out positions that could get me
I guess I never amounted to much.
of Me - January 24, 2004
aware that, when I was walking my dog,
and I saw a man walking up the sidewalk
I wanted to hurry the dog up, so that I would not have
with the man. I was relieved when he turned off
on a side street before he
reached the dog and me.
live in an old house near downtown, near the interstate,
and we profess to
love our home, but there are things
that we dont like so much. Panhandling,
petty theft, and
threatening looks from people in cars passing by. The part
of town people avoid begins one block away from our house.
sad that I would make moves to avoid someone, possibly my neighbor, before I even
knew what he was doing or who he was, but it came naturally to do it. What he
might have thought if he knew what I thought about him, before I even knew him,
before he was even close enough to tell if he was white or black or whatever.
its the way life is, living here, choosing to remain here.
to let pettiness and low behavior run my wife and me
away from these beautiful
homes in this old neighborhood.
Everything is locked down, put up, just so
we dont have to
live in a cardboard house, shop at Wal-mart, or anything
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