I want to go used up..

When I go, I want to go used up, nothing wasted, nothing missed 
Not a fat fruit, hidden in the middle of a thorny bush, 
Over-ripened and rotting on what was once it’s own plump potential 
Drunk on it’s own juice, saved for no occasion. 
I want life to suck me dry ‘til there’s nothing left 
But dry bones and weather-beaten skin. 
I want to meet every person where they are and not where I want them to be 
And welcome them there wherever that is and invite them in to wherever I am, 
If only for a moment 
I want to learn to see beyond my eyes, hear beyond my ears and perceive beyond my thoughts
The things that cannot be seen or heard or perceived with this machine 
I want to grasp the hand of inspiration that is always outstretched, 
though we can’t always see it though the fog

4 comments

  • Arthur P
    Arthur P Australia
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  • Michael Wright
    Michael Wright HILLIARD
    Often times I have to read a poem several times before it makes sense to me. Often I wonder if my understanding of the poem is what is intended or am I off track? So all I can say is that this is my take. One thing that popped into my mind is the poem by Dylan Thomas "Do not go gentle into that good night." Both poems have a similar message but I drew much more out of Lynn's poem. One reason is that Lynn's poem is in the first person and therefore more intense than Thomas's poem. I like what I will call an intense physical struggle with the effects of age and then the poem seems to morph into a more mental and spiritual quest for understanding and meaning leading to a life well lived where one has not gone gently into the night.

    Often times I have to read a poem several times before it makes sense to me. Often I wonder if my understanding of the poem is what is intended or am I off track? So all I can say is that this is my take. One thing that popped into my mind is the poem by Dylan Thomas "Do not go gentle into that good night." Both poems have a similar message but I drew much more out of Lynn's poem. One reason is that Lynn's poem is in the first person and therefore more intense than Thomas's poem. I like what I will call an intense physical struggle with the effects of age and then the poem seems to morph into a more mental and spiritual quest for understanding and meaning leading to a life well lived where one has not gone gently into the night.

  • Richard J. Burbine
    Richard J. Burbine California
    Lynn, I enjoyed reading this poem. We only live once, make the most of it. Live life to it's fullest.

    Lynn, I enjoyed reading this poem. We only live once, make the most of it. Live life to it's fullest.

  • Cynthia Ruester
    Cynthia Ruester North Carolina
    Live life to the fullest and with an open mind and heart.

    Live life to the fullest and with an open mind and heart.

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