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The Ways of the World
David M. Tookey


Riding a bike into cold rain and stiff headwinds--
maybe grumbling a bit about the day’s weather--
I realize how lucky I am to be able to do this.

Lucky that mind still commands body, and body obeys.

Image:  My grandfather, one leg gone, sits in
             an armchair while I do his yard work.

Image:  My father, illness erasing his ability to
             do anything--even swallow.
These and other memories drift across consciousness.


Complaining about life and the ways of the world. How much time have I
wasted thinking this way? I now see how fortunate I have been and still am,

a kitchen timer goes off. Aromas of toasted wheat perfume the house. I
walk to the oven, admire and, then, with hands and arms, lift bread from a
baking stone

still able to imagine

the shared meals it will provide!

© by David M. Tookey.
Used here with the author's permission.


David M. Tookey is a retired elementary school teacher who lives in Seattle, Washington. A bicycle is his main mode of transport around town; David says he finds he can tinker with poems in his head as he rides. He also enjoys creating and sharing organic baked goods, taking long walks with family, reading, and creating quiet space in a big city.


Post New Comment:
Good writer! I really enjoyed the imagery.
Posted 01/05/2022 09:53 PM
Good poem!!!
Posted 01/02/2022 04:48 PM
Descriptive, expressive reminder that we should be grateful for our blessings.
Posted 01/02/2022 10:04 AM
Thanks, Jayne, for your focus on gratitude, a trait that needs emphasis, in my opinion. And, this poem does that in such a lovely way.
Posted 01/02/2022 09:08 AM
Exactly my sentiment. When I read this I did think of baking my braided loaf of goodness. Yes, let us be thankful for the 'little' things of our lives...When we ponder deeply, we find that there are so very many.
Posted 01/02/2022 09:05 AM
I want to bake bread today!
Posted 01/02/2022 08:56 AM
Lori Levy:
Great poem on gratitude.
Posted 01/02/2022 08:06 AM

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