A Lesson on Cutting Back from a Pruned Bush

by Chris Manion
Sometimes, every now and then,
it’s helpful to stop, 
cut way back on
processed foods
visual input
and simply rest.
The severely pruned bush reminded me of this.
It had been so full and well, bushy.
Now it was angular, mutated,
kind of ugly if truth be told.
It had been allowed to reach out into sidewalk space,
overgrowing its boundaries,
pressing passers-by to the outer edge of the pavement.
We walk around overgrown objects, thoughts, attitudes
for years
sometimes decades
barely aware we allow them to edge us out
of our true self


of a happy life.


 from my unpublished poetry collection, Retirement Lessons

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