to believe in luck or that chance event

seems like something that should

be reserved for the greatest fools

but does that not then beg the

question how does anything happen

what causes it, where does it come from

who the hell is in charge here

do I master my own domain

or guide my own fate

is it by chance or is it fixed

can I change its direction

should time be spent worrying

life is short

luck or no luck let’s just live it


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About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on April 6, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. Tricky, isn’t it? I agree with Ms. v ..very well said and thought provoking

  2. Great poem! I always cast my fate to the wind but it hasn’t always been a lucky thing to do. “Luckily” I’ve retained my sense of humor about it ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. moylomenterprises

    In my younger years I dismissed the ‘faith’ in which I was raised and believed I could make my own luck, but as I got older (and hopefully wiser) I’ve come to rely on a higher power. Not that I didn’t believe before, but my upbringing was so wrapped up in religion and specific practises that I grew wary of their teachings and walked away.

    After much trial and error I’ve discovered I can’t do it all on my own and have since sought after God on my own – – without all the destructive hypocrisy that is so rampant in religious organizations. I now live a faith-based life without being a member of a specific religion. Hope that makes sense…

  4. Always a question without answers I was told that there are just going to be these that we must just live with?

  5. Nicely concluded. Life’s too short for many things.

  6. Nicely put. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, live each day as if it were your last!

  7. Great words! Really love this.

  8. theramblinggaraidh

    I personally am a materialistic determinist. I think that whatever comes to pass, whether it be a person falling in love or a piano falling on top of someone, can be explained by purely physical causes acting out a result.

  9. Many of us wonder the same thingโ€ฆwhat does it all meanโ€ฆbut your conclusion is the best I can think of–lets just live and not waste time worrying ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you! It would be a great comfort to know what the absolute meaning but, like you said, it’s best each day to be busy living and enjoying the time we have. It’s great to meet you!

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