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Tired Of Trying
I tried to catch the wind
But instead the wind caught me,
It raised me to great heights before
It laid me in a tree.
I tried to catch my shadow
But I failed at all my chances,
For my shadow is quite eloquent
At eluding my advances.
I tried to catch a falling star
But the closer it drew near,
I backed away out of its path
Overcome by awesome fear.
I tried to catch the fairy
Who came to get my tooth,
But instead I learned I wasn't a
Conniving enough sleuth.
I tried to catch a quaint snowflake
But instead I caught the flu,
Now I'm confined to my bed
For a week or perhaps two.
I tried to “catch you later”
But got badly misdirected.
Called another friend instead
So now you feel rejected.
I tried to catch a nap,
Forty winks or maybe more.
But as soon as I dosed off
You came knocking at my door.
I tried to catch the bus
To get away for a short while;
But just when I neared the door
It pulled off as the driver smiled.
Enough is enough already
It has finally become clear,
I’m not a very good catcher
And I’m not in very good cheer.
So I throw in the quitter's towel,
Don't want to catch a thing.
'Cause I'm tired of always trying
And never catching anything.
About the Author: Rev. Saundra L. Washington, D.D., is an ordained clergywoman, veteran social worker, and Founder of AMEN Ministries. She is also the author of two coffee table books: Room Beneath the Snow: Poems that Preach and Negative Disturbances: Homilies that Teach which can be reviewed on her site. Her new book, Out of Deep Waters: My Grief Management Workbook, though delayed in publication, is expected to be available early 2006.
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