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A Work in Progress

I don't have to be a monk,
tucked away on some far off mountain,
to feel the profound joy
of contemplation.

Nor do I have to be a party animal
to laugh at ridiculous jokes,
during game night
in the company of cherished friends.

Flip me all you want
I will either land on heads or tails.
In any case I'm still a coin
and you can't take that from me.

I am not a frog
for your meticulous dissection.
Prod if you dare, but there's no guarantee
you won't get hit in the eye
because you got too close to some obscure artery.

I am not rock, paper or scissors.
My hand would rather hold a pen
for the weaving of a path,
than stoop to mere imitation.

I admit my eccentricities like to run away with me
but that's okay - I enjoy a good chase
I am pleasing to the eye no doubt
but no - I am not just some pretty face

There will always be one side of me
that outshines all the rest -
like a diamond glinting in the sun.
Nonetheless I like to think my various personalities
resembles a tray of Dunkin' Donuts.
It's physically impossible to just pick one.

Be warned though,
you have to have real stomach
to take me all at once.
Don't you know overindulgence can lead to heart attacks?

And no, I'm not a saint.
When it comes to my downfalls,
even a nerd like me isn't bothered
to roll up my sleeves and do the math.

I am a work in progress,
something you can't sum up in a few words.
It's like the four basic food groups,
to live off only one is just plain absurd.

I am not one nor the other,
but Yin and Yang
- much like an atom,
if you cut me in half
get ready for the bang.

Copyright © Timothy Hicks

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  1. Date: 5/15/2013 9:10:00 AM
    This was SO GOOD. I loved the way how you say there are so many sides to a person. Pretty much how I feel. Not everyone sees all of them. And the fact that you compared yourself to Dunkin' Donuts? Epic, ok? I have a blast in that place! Haha! *Which should I choose??!* I really liked the message in this poem! Don't get cut in half, major explosion!

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/15/2013 3:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Exactly! It's in our brains to put labels on things (even people). But I like to believe we are much more complicated than all of that... don't risk the explosion... it's not worth it! Lol...
  1. Date: 5/4/2013 3:40:00 PM
    You're certainly dynamite Tim, and quite prolific, you been taking lessons from Eileen lol, keep going though progress never ends. Take care, Richard

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/5/2013 1:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I've been writing since I was 13 (and am verging on 19 now). I have much more to share, my friend. I hope to always be progressing and finding something new. Your compliments encourage me...
  1. Date: 5/4/2013 2:49:00 PM
    Another good one Tim, I especially like this one, it captures your personality nicely. It's intresting how your personality can create such an impression from so far away. truly a magical thing these gifts God provides us.

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/5/2013 1:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It is pretty amazing how we seem to know each other without ever having met in person. More than anything I was trying to show my personality in this... glad you caught that!
  1. Date: 5/4/2013 1:49:00 PM
    Like me as who I am ...... I have visited the monks in the temple, they have a very relaxed life ...... but no women ....... everyone has two sides, a front side and a back side, you use your pen to please many, you get me often to smile and maybe even cry. - Timothy, "the old lady" from Norway like you very well - but ..... do not tell it to anyone else. - Have a great weekend! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/5/2013 12:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I never pictured you as an old lady, Anne! I feel as though I've made a very special friend on this site... and I'm happy you appreciate my various sides :)