The Word on the Street

All I Ever Wanted

A number of years back, I came across a piece of poetry that spoke powerfully to both
heart and soul – poignant, yet profound; a touch of melancholy, but with meaning beyond measure. I have kept a copy of it tucked away in the Bible that was presented to me by Bishop Hodapp at my ordination. It is paper-clipped to page 1226, opposite Philippians 4:11, where the Apostle Paul penned the words: “I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content.” Every now and then I stumble upon it and it reminds me what a gift today, the present, the here-and-now, really is.

Today is indeed a gift, a beautiful, wonderful gift that we are to enjoy.

Pretty simple stuff, really; yet it took a fourteen-year-old boy by the name of Jason
Lehman to help me see it. I share Jason’s poem with you as food for the journey…

Present Tense

It was spring, but it was summer I wanted,
The warm days, and the great outdoors.
It was summer, but it was fall I wanted,
The colorful leaves, and the cool, dry air.
It was fall, but it was winter I wanted,
The beautiful snow, and the joy of the holiday season.
It was winter, but it was spring I wanted,
The warmth and the blossoming of nature.
I was a child, but it was adulthood I wanted,
The freedom and respect.
I was 20, but it was 30 I wanted,
To be mature, and sophisticated.
I was middle-aged, but it was 20 I wanted,
The youth and the free spirit.
I was retired, but it was middle-age I wanted,
The presence of mind without limitations.
My life was over, and I never got what I wanted.

                 —Copyright 1989

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