The Perils of Procrastination

Universe keeps whispering

Keeps saying little helpful things

Encouraging, lifting things

I try my best at listening

But there’s a disconnect

One I suspect

Just another redirect

It’s not that I’m dumb

I’m just feeling glum

Moving kind of makes me numb

How and why, or what it’s from

I try my best to make excuses

Easier than decisions

Distractions always pulling

Demands continue ruling

Nothing seems fulfilling

My inner self yelling

What the heck am I doing

Who am I fooling

It’s procrastination

Always me that’s blocking

Playing games,

I know, it’s shocking

Excuses keep my life in limbo

Lost in space outside my window

My mind is stuck, I’m in a rut

I want to grow, and yet the but

But this could happen

Or this could occur

And so, I shift, and then deter

Plug my ears to just a muffle

Bow my head, avoid the scuffle

You never miss if you never swing

No crackled voice if you don’t sing

Don’t want to bounce, avoid the spring

Without a date, there’s never cling

No binding knots, without the string

It’s easy when you rationalize

Procrastination wins the prize

I think I’ll wait

It might be great

Never worry about being late

Wait to eat, but hold my plate

Don’t cast my line, keep the bait

Empty truck, no need for freight

The fence is built, just need a gate

I’ll stay inside

Completely hide

Procrastination, thus applied

Outcome a panoply

Depression, fear, anxiety

A weakened mind, prone to error

Hard to sleep, midnight terrors

A slippery slope with no escape

Getting soft, out of shape

Skin is thin, like a grape

Strange this price for idleness

If I tried, I couldn’t guess

But as luck would have it

There’s still time to avoid the mess

Life is like a game of chess

Make a plan, strategize

It won’t be perfect, but realize

You mustn’t always analyze

Understand that


Is your creation

The opened path to liberation

Listen to the universe

You’re meant to grow, not reverse


Additional Reading

R.J. Schwartz is an American Poet, Author, and website owner.

His complete works on The Creative Exiles Website can be found here

The Gypsy Thread is a huge collection of his original work, focused on the unusual and interesting.

Ralph also writes on HubPages




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I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

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