Free Will

In the middle of your life
you will probably give
some thoughtful consideration
to the rest of it.
And because you know
what it feels like to have
succeeded less often
than you’ve failed
you think it might not be
a bad idea to go ahead and do
some of those things
that were curtailed by your
apprehension, and your
erroneous belief that good things
come to those who wait.
By now, your work ethic
should have accumulated
into a debt free future
filled with airline tickets
and bathing suits that flatter
your healthy choices—
but this is a reality that belongs
to others who,
through luck or inheritance
aren’t contemplating
the few uninspiring choices
presenting themselves to you.
But the trump card has always
been waiting in your pocket
with a royal smile—
tempting you to make
the kind of move
that takes you out of the game
and drops you into a wilderness
where you might just bloom
into something exotic
and unrecognizable—
but first you have to fold.


DeMaris Gaunt

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