Problems

Written by: RUDOLPH RINALDI

Problems
Or things 
That I need to do 
But don't want to do
Why don't they just go away?

I put my problems in a pot
On the back burners of my stove
In a simmer
Until I can deal with them later
(To avoid dealing with them)

I often wish I had 
Additional stoves
Additional burners 
To put all my problems on 
Until I can deal with them later

(To avoid dealing with them)
I need to watch the pots occasionally
So that the problems don't boil over 
(Only to lower the flame)
But not too often 

Or my thinking about them 
Creates new problems 
That I must find  back burners for 
Why don’t they just evaporate away?
(Sometimes I find myself unintentionally just adding water)

Could my problem be? 
The thickness of the pot
The height of the flame
The amount of water
Or the air around us?

Thank god
That there does not 
Seem at this time
To be a limit 
To the number of back burners.