My Poem “The Best That They Can Be”

How do you restart an engine?
How do you reawaken the spark within?
How do you remember who you are,
who you were, and how you used to do
what you used to do after so long of
living in a state of limbo?
How do you find your place once again
somewhere, doing something, around people
who you haven't seen for a long time?
In my experience the only way forwards
is perseverance, patience,
repetition, and adaptation -
until the moment arrives when you regain
a sense of momentum that gives you
some much needed drive.

When we have time on our hands
and we are able to do what we want,
with who we want, most people
tend to not want to dwell upon
anything associated with work;
however, there are those people
who like to take their profession
home with them and they even enjoy
"talking shop" with anybody
who will listen to them...
when we find ourselves with
too much time on our hands
sometimes people can start to think about,
and even dream about, being at work -
even those people who claim
that if they didn't have to work they wouldn't.

Some people can't wait to retire
from the moment that they start
their first day earning an income...
some people can't wait to go home
from the moment that they "clock in"
at their place of employment...
some people wish that they
could turn their passion project
or their hobby into something
that can sustain them both creatively
as well as financially...
some people get up every day
and go to work ready to face anything
that comes their way and they are willing
to do whatever they have to do
in order to be the best that they can be.

My Poem “B.T.W.”

Going back to doing something –
even something that you used to
be able to do as if in your sleep –
is not always easy, especially after
a considerable amount of time has passed…
even resuming doing something
that you used to consider routine
can take a while to click
back into place and does not
automatically return to your memory without difficultly, nor fast…
after you have spent some time
out of a particular loop
you can sometimes make mistakes
as you try to slip back into
performing and repeating a cycle
just as if you were attempting
to put on an old pair of shoes…
putting on clothes that you know
you only wear when and where
you are clocking in to return to work
does help someone in finding the right
mind-set to go where they need to go
so that they can once again do
what they need to do…
when you see businesses closing,
when you see people struggling,
when you see a world in chaos
then you appreciate the fact
that you still have what you have,
you still have who you have,
and you can still do some of the things
that give a person a sense of identity
and routine in some way –
and though most people often gripe
about their job while they are doing it,
when people think back on a time
when they did not have something
to wake up for and somewhere to go to
then they begin to count their blessings
and thank God for still having a job
to do each and every day.