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Measure For Measure

We measure everything 
According to life's rules we keep
Happiness is even weighed
After and before we go to sleep

Hardships are all put in a row 
Evenly, within time's linear cup
And exactly placed like 
Fine silverware from Newton's table
For when we discuss and sup

Yes, we measure everything 
And we ourselves are put to rule
From the moment we take a breath 
And even after we are pulled

From our mother's womb
And by the way...
Also, at the tomb 

For we need to fit
That certain box 
Or get tossed aside 
Like an uncounted bag of rocks

Yes, we measure everything...
Even the number of the lines
A sizing poet writes
For getting things just exactly right 
Gives immeasurable and joyous flights

Yes, we measure everything 
As we're stood against a double door 
Above our head, a line is drawn and pencil scored 
As we grow and even as we chore

I have to say, as I truly measure myself, from day to day...
Sometimes, I'd like to take the gage and hide
But, only for a measured moment...
Until I'm sure I'm tall enough inside
For life's un calculated ride.

By Lisa Lee
Contest: Measure For Measure
Sponsor: Dr. Ram Mehta

Copyright © Lisa Lee | Year Posted 2014


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  1. Date: 5/19/2014 11:00:00 PM

    I measure a poem by its ability to hold my attention and this poem most certainly did that, Right down to the final letter.
  1. Date: 5/18/2014 2:57:00 PM

    love this thoughtful write
  1. Date: 5/17/2014 3:12:00 PM

    Dear Lisa Lee, You are surely tall enough for life's "uncalculated ride" if you can think so deeply and write so well of your feelings. I'm sure Dr. Ram will enjoy this one! Wishing you success in the contest. Love, Carolyn
  1. Date: 5/16/2014 12:01:00 PM

    Really enjoyed this write, especially the final two lines. I'll give you a top rating....for good measure! // paul
  1. Date: 5/15/2014 3:31:00 PM

    This is awesome Lisa! it