(Poetry) Time Enough For That

Along with reams of short stories, and longer attempts at fiction, I’ve written countless poems over the decades. The bulk were written in my teens and twenties and I literally have folders full of handwritten and typewritten compositions.

I’d been threatening to put a selection into print since the mid-90’s. I remember discussing it with an old girlfriend in ’95 but a number of things always seemed to stop me. Part of that was not really being sure if I wanted to share them with the world, part was never having the time to go through what was amounting to thousands of bits of paper – ranging from typed and formatted finished compositions to hand written stanzas on the back of paper bags, or anything I had at hand when inspiration hit.

A few years ago I finally got round to sorting out a collection and published them under the title “Wild Card Symphonies”. Consisting of three smaller volumes of my work, “Wild Card Symphonies”, “Cry To Me”, and “This Graveyard Heart”, the book totaled just over 120 poems. You can buy a copy (plug plug) through Lulu on one of the links at the bottom of the page if you like what you read and want to have more.

Time Enough For That

Didn’t say life would be easy

Never said that life would be fun

Little girl stop trying to please me

Just try to act like yourself

You might find that you like it

For a change.

Stop trying to be older than you are

You’ll get there soon enough

And then you’ll wish that

You were younger

And know you’ll never be.

Don’t waste yourself with make-up

And one-night stands that hold no meaning

There’s time enough for that when you come of age

You don’t want to learn life this way

It’ll just give you a jaded point of view

The sight of another room

With another advantage being taken

Because you think it’s what you should do,

Because you want to please them

Like all of your friends say they do.

Don’t try to grow up too fast

Just take your time and you’ll enjoy it more

You don’t have to give yourself

To be loved or to grow up

It’ll make no difference

To those who are taking,

And then are going home.

Never said life would be easy

Didn’t say that life would be fun

Little girl you don’t have to please me

Just try to act like yourself

And not what your friends think they want to be

There’ll be time enough for that.

(TIME ENOUGH FOR THAT; By A R J Abranson; 05-09-95/14:48)

My poetry anthology, Wild Card Symphonies, is available to buy now on Lulu in both Softcover and Dust Jacket Hardcover.


Wild Card Symphonies, Cry To Me & This Graveyard Heart are Copyright ©2015, Angus Abranson. All rights reserved.
Cover design by George C. Cotronis (Ravenkult Studios, www.ravenkult.com) Copyright © 2015 Angus Abranson
The moral right of the author has been asserted.
No reproduction in part or in whole without prior written permission from the author of the copyright owner.

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