Enter Home Planet News Poetry of Issue #6                         Page 8
Click Page 8


EVALUATING HOW I’VE HANDLED
THE IMPORTANT MATTERS SO FAR

I’ve gotten 207 right, 77 wrong.
Where this stands on the scale
of good and bad I don’t know,
but I’d be content with it being
average, no more intrusive than
a man who carries his briefcase
to work and back home every week.
A friend who died young once said
“I have so many things I want to do
and I’m pretty sure I won’t have
the time.” He didn’t, but he did more
right and good on the importance meter
than I ever will in this life so far.
It’s a sweet consolation and I’m grateful
and today I’ll leave the briefcase behind,
a gift to myself and 208 waiting for me
by the front door, humble but beaming.


  Tim Suermondt