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Holding Pattern

The pilot said we’d be delayed – 
A holding pattern loomed;
But being stuck in limbo
Doesn’t always mean you’re doomed.

Though opportunities might hide
When you feel mired in muck,
You’re also stopped from sliding down
And getting truly stuck.

A holding pattern simply means
You circle in the skies.
You can’t make any progress
But there’s time to improvise.

And so you do the best you can
Until the word arrives
That you’ve been cleared to land and then
Your energy revives.

At times it helps to know
A holding pattern’s what you’re in;
For when it ends you’re glad you’ve left
The rut where you have been.

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  1. Date: 12/20/2012 8:46:00 AM
    I swear you could write a poem about anything! Your themes are always fascinating, and you always select 'le mot juste' for each and every verse. I am in awe... Best wishes, Keith

  1. Date: 12/6/2012 12:51:00 PM
    Typo on made. :) I assume you meant make. If you asked Whoopie, she'd probably freak. A holding pattern? I'm sure she'd shriek. My God, I'll never fly again. Serenity now, help me Zen. :)

  1. Date: 12/4/2012 7:26:00 PM
    I liked your thoughts on a holding pattern - sometimes life is like that.

  1. Date: 12/4/2012 7:05:00 PM
    my mum always says the only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth. I like the way you have out this Ilene , life is a bit of a holding pattern sometimes.xx