Get busy living

“It always comes down to just two choices. Get busy living, or get busy dying.” Stephen King in Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

When did our thinking turn to likeness of
a whetstone used to sharpen wordblades?
When did diplomacy turn to battlegrounds?
When did we cease to praise a compromise?
Was it when essays were abridged to tweets?

We seek out comfort digging trenches
shellshocked in his gilded wasteland,
we pretend that there is hope in winning
jackpot with only one remaining quarter.
Are we earthworms waiting to be bait?

But still we can get busy living, and let
casinos crumble. Plow; Plant seeds and tend
your saplings. Turn your back to fights
and hatred cause in the eyes of strangers
burns a fear that’s just the same as yours.

Artwork by Otto Dix

Artwork by Otto Dix

Magaly asks us to write a three stanza poem using a quote from the last book we read at toads. I read Shawshank Redemption this summer, and really liked it. A good book to pick quotes from. I will also link to Poetry Pantry tomorrow.
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January 14, 2016

40 responses to “Get busy living

  1. So timely, your wise words. When did we lose it all (or most of it), indeed? Will we be good enough, brave enough, clearheaded enough to recover it all? I hope so. I really do.

  2. Let us not be earthworms!

    You asked most pertinent questions in an eloquent way. It makes me believe all is not lost.

  3. Turn your back to fights
    and hatred cause in the eyes of strangers
    burns a fear that’s just the same as yours….wise words Bjorn. Much needed in these times.

  4. Turn your back to fights
    and hatred cause in the eyes of strangers
    burns a fear that’s just the same as yours.

    This sums it up so vividly .. with all the tension that’s going around. Beautifully expressed.

  5. This is such a powerful poem, Björn, especially the war imagery in the lines:
    ‘We seek out comfort digging trenches
    shellshocked in his gilded wasteland,’

  6. Maybe this over-hasty, unequivocal, black-and-white tyranny we’ve entered is all a metaphor for “get busy dying.” Saplings take time, and like poems they grow slowly in the dark. Amen.

  7. ‘a whetstone used to sharpen wordblades’ ~ great line Bjorn and great write. And as poets we have such an ideal platform in this world to turn the eyes from hate.

  8. “…cause in the eyes of strangers
    burns a fear that’s just the same as yours.”

    Indeed, Earth is a global village and everyone’s involved

    much love…

  9. “…Turn your back to fights
    and hatred. Cause’ in the eyes of strangers
    burns a fear, that’s just the same as yours.”
    Brilliant lines, in my opinion.
    ZQ

  10. I love the advice to nurture the things we care about and not give in to hate. You are right; fear is often times at the bottom of hate.

  11. I have to confess that there are some people I wish would get busy dying. Wrong of me, I suppose, but true.

  12. You’ve articulated a kind of “grass roots” philosophy about how to proceed through life. Nothing terribly esoteric or complicated here – a plain and simple ‘think-piece’ … which (by virtual of its simplicity) is powerful and compelling. I liked this a lot!

  13. When did our thinking turn to likeness of
    a whetstone used to sharpen wordblades?
    Was it when essays were abridged to tweets?

    Suddenly it seemed all can be shortened where meaning can just be understood at the expense of good writing. It’s a pity!

    Hank

  14. The quote you chose for your poem is one of my favourites. I often say it to myself when things look dark. In spite of it all I always choose to “get busy living” “Plant seeds and tend your saplings” Yes indeed 🙂

  15. Yes we have certainly lost sight of so many things in this world of instant gratification, and we seem to think less about the important things; concentrating on the trivial.

    Nice writing. 🙂

  16. Great quote, to which your poem does justice. The final verse is particularly powerful.

  17. I love the quote you chose and the reference to tweets taking the place of essay.. the world is to fast .. we go to bed in one world awake to another daily.. no diplomacy.. and we just get busy …living or dying…bkm

  18. I’m not at all religious, but there’s something to Ecclesiastes, and to the Hindu concept of the great wheel. – observations, one might suppose, that we just keep repeating the same, stupid mistakes, we mostly hairless apes. ~

  19. Despite the extraordinary events at the top of nations, this is all people truly want–the ability to keep the routine going. For some of us whose routine is to match the swords of words, being reduced to tweets still seems impossible. When did it happen? I still want more. To find a way to continue to live in the Trump era that is not akin to dying is an intervening goal. Brilliantly expressed here.

  20. ‘When did our thinking turn to likeness of
    a whetstone used to sharpen wordblades?’

    This is brilliant writing, Bjorn. We better get busy living. It is all very sad. That book was good, as was the movie.

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