Presenting the Present.

Presenting the Present.


The Present is a ‘present’: it’s a gift for you and me.

A chance to manage things ‘that are’ or fashion ‘what will be’.

The Present is now happening: it stays with us, throughout.

A ‘multi-choice’ of routes to take - each paved with trust and doubt.


For, when we ‘load our bullets (in the Present) to the gun’,

they’re locked, within the Past, where stuff can never be undone.

The Future may mutate, into a “Present-without-care”

to ‘fire that gun’ with consequential upshots, brought to bear!


The Past is irretrievable, for every deed or word.

A ‘could have’, ‘would have’, ‘should have’ place, no matter what occurred.

It is a fixed-position though that, now can be reviewed.

Memories, re-lived (and ‘repercussions’ that ensued!).


For “Life” bestows us lessons (when we’re choosing to take heed).

Revealing ‘knock-on’ situations of each former deed.

Our histories are powerful; affecting what’s to come.

Yet, there’s a way to take control - a simple ‘rule of thumb’.


Decide, whilst in the ‘Present’ (where your conscience will allow),

“Would my ‘future-me’ be proud of what I say or do, right now?”

Let’s face this circumstance, instead of ‘sitting on the fence’.

It’s a challenge, and (quite possibly) your ‘Present’ could be Tense!


And, maybe (’though you try) a situation stays the same.

Perhaps, no matter what you do, you’ll still be held to blame.

Take ‘heart’. The Past may, well present ‘a Present’ (in “Review”).

You gave your best - you ‘passed the test’ - the problem wasn’t ‘you’!


John Andrew Nield.

Rhyming verse

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jennifer Malden

Wed 28th Aug 2019 15:14

Again very well written - agree absolutely with Mindy - I couldn't agree more that The Present is a present - one can change things - very encouraging anyway.


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John Andrew Nield

Tue 9th Jul 2019 13:37

Thanks, Mindy. Unfortunately, I cannot say that I always 'practise what I preach', though! ?

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Tue 9th Jul 2019 13:28

Just terrific. Meaningful in a gently coaching way. Such great word play. (The Present may get tense.)
You always offer very well-finished pieces. They are a delight to read and they reward re-reading and binge reading and group reading...

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