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All The Time

by George Hoerner

we do it all the time
even when we’re thinking
maybe even most then
or maybe when we’re not

it starts when you are born
maybe before or shortly after
certainly with the first step
more surely with the first kiss

the first question would by now
let you understand what’s coming
because it stalks you every day
for each day of living means

taking risks of ridicule
or loss of face
of friendship found and gone
for a chance to find out
who we are and are not

crossing bridges
to see the other side
the person there
never really known
till long after
we’ve said hello


Posted on 02/15/2009
Copyright © 2023 George Hoerner

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Charlie Morgan on 02/16/09 at 03:54 PM

...the person there never really known till long after we’ve said hello...deeply well said! animas expressing itself.

Posted by Alisa Js on 02/19/09 at 03:30 AM

interesting food for thought..thanks for sharing

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 02/20/09 at 01:17 AM

Those risks... they're mighty scary. Yet, oh, the bridges, how lovely. Like this poem.

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 02/20/09 at 06:21 PM

Interesting piece and very tru. I love the last stanza. I will probably go to my grave never knowing exactly ho I am or why I existed. Thans for this wnderful write!

Posted by Sandy M. Humphrey on 02/20/09 at 10:33 PM

Ah but the journey, and the chances taken and the reinventions along the way, and as we age we start to look within through exploration and hopefully ask the deeper questions, provoked somehow by thoughts such as these poems per se. smh

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 03/21/09 at 11:13 PM

You express so well the universal insecurity of moving forward, of reaching out, of walking into the unknown.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 05/24/09 at 12:47 PM

this poem hinges on human truth and that is why it will not lapse within my heart, but therein that organ it is as anchored as an Isle.

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