Here is your here.
Catch it before it becomes a there.
Too late. You hesitated.
You took a breath and the here
Became a there.
Here is your now.

Catch it before it becomes a then.
Again, too late.
You blinked allowing the here
To become a then.
Thank God that God
Has a sense of humor
And an appreciation for variety
Over sameness.

God intentionally created
People imperfect.
That’s why we are here
Not in heaven, hell or purgatory.
Yet we get the time and space
To do what we can
Or want or don’t want to do.

God knew her/his kids
and realized we wouldn’t do well
Under pressure
Which explains why that line about
“Time waiting for no one”
Wasn’t included in the Ten Commandments.

Truth be told,
God favored variety
And quirkiness over sameness.
God watches us as we rush to grow up.
But God never intended for growing old
To be a sin.

That was a misguided scheme
Set up by the marketing division
Of human limitations and control freaks.
The people with the little minds
And even smaller souls!


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers…a lot. Her column now appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.