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Bench Pressing

There are so many things to observe as I sit at the canal trail. My senses catch it all. Shirtless runners, The swish of thier sneakers as they pass. A family picnicking not far away. Bike riders side by side chatting to each other. A man pushing his partner in a wheelchair. A child running to his daddy. Leaves fluttering in the wind. Hawks soaring over thier prey. Gulls seeking fish. Sparrows chirping away. Ducks bobbing on the waves. Speed walkers pass briskly by. Seniors walking thier dogs. Dogs checking out the trees. People gazing at the scenery. Girls and guys with hair tied in ponytails. Shadows dancing across the lands and water. Roof tops peeking through the trees. Sun beating against my back. From where I sit I am just a shadow. Sitting on the sidelines, with my butt pressed in this bench, Wondering... "Why am I not doing any of these things?"

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Date: 1/25/2022 1:40:00 AM
"A child running to his daddy." This is such a wonderful site; it stopped me in its tracks. Love the "why am I not doing any of this?"
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Date: 1/23/2022 12:39:00 PM
Hi Virginia… I can relate to the ending of your poem!! Ha. I really enjoyed it…lighthearted and relaxed! Debx
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Virginia Gelok
Date: 1/24/2022 7:31:00 AM
I must admit it is the truth... I always think "why am I not" when I know I should. Getting older is my excuse when there is no excuse! I am very capable! Darn! Thanks for the feed back.
Date: 1/20/2022 2:52:00 PM
Love the bit of humor at the end Virginia! Fun poem!
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Date: 1/24/2022 7:28:00 AM
You see, I know what I should do, but doing it gets me every time. Have a great day!
Date: 1/17/2022 6:20:00 PM
You definitely have the gift of observance, that makes you an amazing writer, Virginia, The secret in life is to find balance between observing and doing, what makes us happy and content. May you find that balance soon. Try and turn that attention innerly and see what that brings you, Your global world inside is amazing too, xo
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Date: 1/19/2022 10:46:00 AM
I can't tell you how often I have been told just that. I try to slow down and watch, listen and enjoy but I confess I have not mastered it. The art of meditation is the answer I am told, so I will continue to work at it till it's not work any longer. Thankyou so much for your advice.
Date: 1/17/2022 3:39:00 PM
Let yourself be free enough to relax and not question. Just enjoy the show. I love to people watch and look what a great poem became of it Virginia! I love it! Blessings xxoo
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Virginia Gelok
Date: 1/19/2022 10:43:00 AM
I will continue to relax and just watch. (I think) Thanks for your advice also.
Date: 1/17/2022 9:43:00 AM
Sometimes keenly observing the scene is fun, Nicely penned Virginia
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Date: 1/17/2022 12:23:00 PM
Yes, observing can be a good thing but I honestly need to be one of those being watched or listened to... exercise would benefit me much better...lol
Date: 1/15/2022 4:02:00 PM
I think you are right. It is comfortable just watching. But I can't wait for spring to arrive. I am done with winter and we've barely had any snow yet, and besides the benches are far too chilly to sit on! Thankyou for your feedback.
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Date: 1/15/2022 2:17:00 PM
Ah, perhaps because it is so dadblamed comfortable sitting on a bench watching people and trying to figure out why they are doing what they are doing. I love to people-watch, so I could really relate to this poem, Virginia.
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Date: 1/24/2022 7:26:00 AM
I think you are right. I commented on your response, but as a comment not a reply. Check it out there if you want to.