Grab it by its tail?

We don’t know

Where we’ll go

We don’t know

When it will be,

We don’t know,

How long it will take,

Before we are free.


We cannot know the future,

With definite certainty,

We can plan courageously,

Working diligently for success,

Preparing all the requirements,

Intentionally doing our best,

Hoping to pass each test.


We line up all the markers,

We invest the resources we have,

We take advice from experts,

We anticipate the barriers we know exist,

Pressing all our energies,

To ensure nothing is amiss,

Then accelerate through the mist.


We assess the progress,

As the test data returns,

We look expectantly,

To see what we can learn,

Are the measures taken,

Producing the goods?

And to what degree?

Attitude and values,

Guide the perspective,

For interpretation,

Wisdom and experience,

Allow for explanation,

Of the reality disclosed,

That hope is exposed.


What is this poem about?

Could it be the boarder closures?

Getting in or out?

Is it about illness?

A journey from diagnosis?

For answers why the sickness came?

And giving it a name?


Knowing what to call it?

Is to grab it by its tail,

Allowing full investigation,

Indicating what to do,

Finding a solution,

Seeing the journey through,

Until there’s an end in view.


Neil P. Schiller

14th December 2021





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