Empty Pockets at Fifty

Empty Pockets at Fifty

My pockets are turned inside out.
No riches do I have to flout.
This state of my intimidation
is perhaps an apt reflection
of my early hesitation
to obtain an education.
Perhaps if I had done my math,
I’d have pursued a richer path!

Prompt words today are pocket, intimidate, hesitation, spoil and reflection.

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My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

10 thoughts on “Empty Pockets at Fifty


    I like the poem, but is it correct in facts~?:

    Dr. Michael E. DeBakey said:

    “Real success requires respect for, and faithfulness to, the highest human values, honesty, integrity, self-discipline, dignity, compassion, humility, courage, personal responsibility, courtesy, and human service.”

    “Studying music encourages self-discipline and diligence, traits that carry over into intellectual pursuits and that lead to effective study and work habits. An association of music and math has, in fact, long been noted. Creating and performing music promotes self-expression and provides self-gratification while giving pleasure to others. In medicine, increasing published reports demonstrate that music has a healing effect on patients. For all these reasons, it deserves strong support in our educational system, along with the other arts, the sciences, and athletics.”

    Now Dr DeBakey WAS a well-educated man, for which we are fortunate, but he was also a very wise doctor… Having a DIPLOMA is not the only answer, honesty, dignity, and compassion have a lot to do with it. You may become wealthy in money (as Trump thinks he is), but still, be very poor in your success~! (I feel that HE WAS NOT~!)

    If you have time, read my post for today; for another quote which also says a lot~! In my business, I could have been very wealthy with the valuable data that belonged to and was paid for by others, but I chose to be wealthy in the success of myself.



      1. SAM VOELKER

        Humm. what about those who use vudu math, like they may be worth thousands, but say they are broke to the Tax collector, and billionaires to the rest of the world~?

        I guess I do have a different definition of SUCCESS~! I once knew a boy/man who grew up in the swamps where his father was a trapper, he learned math off the paper bags his parents brought home with very little schooling otherwise, he was a genius in math, but had NO formal schooling~!


          1. SAM VOELKER

            Sorry I may have sounded “serious” in my way of my wording it, but was talking about my philosophical outlook on the subject, not education as you said in the poem. I would rather be a poor, good, considerate person that to be a rich A.H.~!

            Though our minds often run parallel, but mine often gets off on a completely different track, and we talk parallel but not compatible. I told you that if we ever sat in the same room we may immediately get into an argument over NOTHING~! (but it would be entertaining and possibly fun)~! I think that I would back down before you would, because as the gay man said “I would rather switch than fight~!”



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