Lonnie Hicks

(www.lonniehicks.com / Chicago Ill)

Pocket Full of Strangers


At Twenty and Eight
I had a Pocket Full of Strangers;
At Twenty Nine
I too
had a Purse Full of Sweet Regrets.

At Thirty
I had rubbed out
so many sweet things
but that did not sate.

Thirty was my precipice
to go or not to go
to baby-up
or man-less seek
adopt or
pregnant
with just me.

Burning with
baby desire
I counted
my chances;
balancing
man-desire
baby-desire
fut ure-desires
alone scenarios
while friends
married
settled in
leaving me
feeling
left behind.

While men my age
still played
bachelor-honed
couldn't afford
or afraid
or forlorn
to contemplate
a single mate.

And I took my
binoculars
aimed lower
for faithfulness
and stability
concentrating
on family
hoping
for the best
while yearning too
for the adventures
of my
twenties
forever unsure
of Settling's Fate.

Submitted: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Edited: Thursday, October 31, 2013
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