TURNAROUNDS

Suzanne Niedzielska

What to make of a life that aims for nothing, idles talent, and boosts dependency?
Far more productive to aim high, idle war, and boost the workout burn at every turn. 

What to make of a life that challenges peace, runs away from home, and plunges into illusion at               every turn?
Far more promising to challenge skills, run from rants, and plunge into the trailhead for woodland       fern at everyturn. 

What to make of a life that hangs a jury, repels an audience, and bores a spouse?
Far more sociable to hang a painting, repel insects, and bore the intern at every turn. 

What to make of a life that closets identity, speaks only of regrets, and never listens to any one?
Far more positive to closet duds, voice gratitude, and seek to learn at every turn. 

What of a life that offers no sympathy, ignores appeals, and maintains no reserves?
Far more abundance in reaching out, giving what one can, and the ability to earn a return at every         turn. 

What to make of a life that grief overwhelms, chores dissipate, and adventure escapes?
Far more energy to be found in constructive purpose, effective delegation, and creative churn at             every turn. 

What to make of a life swamped by information — too much, too little, immaterial?
Far more relevance in the triage of messages as of no, non-urgent, immediate concern at every turn. 

What to make of a life that poses unanswerable questions, seeks endless debate, and consults no              evidence?
Far more practical to ensure that these sessions, forums, and trials adjourn at some conversational           turn. 

What to make of a life paused by crippling pain, social isolation, and spiral depression?
Let resilience be found in the healing arts, companionship, and the season’s return at every turn. 

What to make of a life that doesn’t respond to a wake-up call?
Pot the bitter-root tiger lily in a memorial urn at the last turn of the plot.

 

SUZANNE NIEDZIELSKA lives in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Professionally, she is a freelance IT management consultant, capping a 30-year career in public and private sector information technology. Suzanne self-published a chapbook, Black Tie & Tales, in 2007, now out-of-print. Since 2010 several poems have been published in the Connecticut River Review, including Connecticut Poetry Society 2013 third prize for “Recorder Lesson on the Rocks," The Ghazal Page, and New England Letters (of the Haiku Poetry Society of Western Massachusetts).