John W Townsend 1945 (Loughborough)

For a moment I paused
unsure what to do
like forgetting your passwords
when behind someone fidgets
impatient with you.
Maybe I should have said
I will be quite a while
I filling in my tax returns
come back in half an hour.
Sometimes humour
kickstarts your brain
makes those endorphins work
when not quite sure moments
come in to play.
Stress makes it harder
to logically think
then we start thinking
somethings wrong in our head.
So next time you are stumped
ask a stranger for a coffee
and say thank you
very quickly.
Gives you time to reflect
maybe a coffee
who can say,
just pause the stress
too much of that
go at your pace
time to think.

About this poem

Sometimes things illude us, even in the simplest of things, whatever it is, it happens and can distress you.

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Written on November 20, 2022

Submitted by Nolostalgia on November 20, 2022

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Discuss the poem "I AM NOT SURE?" with the community...

  • Symmetry58
    I love poetry that incorporates care, concern and wisdom. You are batting .1000 here, John. This is a message everyone can benefit from, self included. Thank you for sharing your smarts.
    LikeReply8 months ago
  • RonaldWrites
    "Yes! I just had to say that because this poem is awesome!!"
    LikeReply9 months ago
  • teril
    Sometimes we manage to meet ourselves in surprising places. I liked the imagery of "kickstarting your brain."
    LikeReply 110 months ago


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