Elena Plotkin

Foolishly Bet - Poem by Elena Plotkin

Was it really so easy to just forget?
Did we never think we’d ever regret?
We knew that time would not wait.
But yet we still chose to hesitate.
The years just flew by and by,
We let our youth and drive die.
Was it laziness or mere convention
that made us stop paying attention?
Whatever it was, we were wrong,
We should never have taken so long.
We didn’t just miss out on an opportunity.
We foolishly bet our lives on eternity.

(C) 2012 Copyright Elena Plotkin

Topic(s) of this poem: time

Comments about Foolishly Bet by Elena Plotkin

  • Bri Edwards (11/8/2016 10:18:00 PM)

    though i still can't pinpoint what you are getting at here, i STILL like the poem! bri :)

    OOPS! i see a typo/screw-up in my earlier comment: lead which should be led. i know i've had 'trouble' with those two words before!
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  • Bri Edwards (1/20/2015 9:35:00 PM)

    i'm assuming you are targeting some particular action which was never taken, for whatever reason.

    bet our lives on eternity makes me think death came before action was taken, OR the action has something to
    do with a belief in eternity.
    so you see, some readers, at least me, are left wondering, OR come up with an
    interpretation which may not be what you had in mind; and you may not mind that.
    you might even welcome readers to put their own story into your poem.
    i kind of like to be lead by the hand/spoon fed usually.
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    i like the rhyming.
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    let me guess what this is about:

    NOT deciding to believe in God?
    NOT buckling up each time in a car?
    NOT planting the trees we now wish we could look at?
    NOT reading all of the poems of Elena Plotkin available on PoemHunter?
    NOT brushing teeth each night and stopping the one liter per day Pepsi habit?
    NOT stopping smoking?
    NOT telling your parents you love them?
    NOT asking your parents what life was like for them when they were kids?
    NOT getting a college degree?
    NOT learning to play a musical instrument?
    NOT saving for retirement?

    bri :) am i close! ? thanks for sharing. it was fun trying to come up with my own story!
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Poem Submitted: Friday, February 21, 2014

Poem Edited: Friday, May 9, 2014

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