From Plank to Plank

I stepped from plank to plank
So slow and cautiously;
The stars about my head I felt,
About my feet the sea.

I knew not but the next
Would be my final inch,–
This gave me that precarious gait
Some call experience.

Emily Dickinson

h/t Eye on the Edge

4 comments on “From Plank to Plank

  1. Bill, I constantly have to remind myself that there is no guarantee that tomorrow will come for me. Practically on a daily basis I hear friends and family talk about death coming with people they know. Some are slow and other are totally unexpected. Age or appearance of good health doesn’t seem to matter. Just a couple of weeks ago, my youngest daughter’s boyfriend had a death in the family. His step Dad of 15 years just went to sleep and died in his sleep. At 51 years of age, there was no known health issues. We live minute by minute and don’t know how much longer we are destined to be in this life. Every day is a gift and I cherish it to the most. It wasn’t always like that. The hustle and bustle of cubical living has a way of stealing the important things in life. I’m just glad that I made it to retirement and realized that there’s more to life than a 6X6 cubical with a computer screen for company all day or night as it was for me.

    Have a great plank to plank day.

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    • Bill says:

      Amen Dave. I’ve had those experiences in my life too. I think of myself as a young man and I’m already 5 years older than my Daddy was when he died. There are no guarantees. So let’s just keeping stepping from plank to plank.

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  2. The ancient thought of death perched on your left shoulder as an adviser. I like Dave’s thought. Life’s short no matter what your age. –Curt

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