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SHJ Issue 3
Spring 2011

[One Poem]

Colin Smith

Everyone Has Something to Say

with a nod to R. S. Gwynn
My father says that time won’t wait for me.
My mother says my life has yet to start.
My best friend says that honesty is key.
My girlfriend says she wants to live apart.

My guru says I need to just relax.
My sister says to me, don’t have a cow.
My lawyer says to contact him by fax.
My dog’s bark says you need to walk me now.

My therapist says that I need to chill.
My ex-wife says that all we do is fight.
My bookie says I better pay my bill.
My lover says she doesn’t have all night.

My boss says my remarks go much too far.
My buddy says don’t sweat it, take it slow.
My blind date says let’s find the nearest bar.
My sponsor says I need to just say no.

My preacher says it’s time that I repent. 
My God demands I pray on bended knee.
My mother says to give it up for Lent.
My dad repeats that time won’t wait for me.


“...we have been born here to witness and celebrate. We wonder at our purpose for living. Our purpose
is to perceive the fantastic. Why have a universe if there is no audience?” — Ray Bradbury