Intro 1: Be careful what you wish for:

You may wish for a soulmate.  If you understood the full scope of that wish, you might change your mind. Trust me on this one.


22 responses to “Intro 1: Be careful what you wish for:

    • I have heard both these points made many times. I am still not sure what to say about either, young man!

      I have both had and have not had my greatest wish fulfilled–albeit with some effort on my part, not to mention any and all others so involved (in either instance) and in a small way, therefore, would have to take issue with your first statement, at least in my own experience, as I personally much prefer the former. Very much so. Never having been so happy as now–and this ‘now’ has been quite ongoing. Still my admonition so titled above, is nonetheless well advised, since “what I wish for” requires no small effort on my part; which, i think is the heart and soul of my admonition, to be sure.

      However one also wonders if the origin of such a statement as your former, could only come from one who has never known a great personal tragedy, as have I. I dare say, even if it were a given–which it is most certainly not–that the act of obtaining that for which one wishes was a tragedy of some magnitude, it would hardly number among the biggest–by which I believe you mean the greatest–of tragedies.

      And oddly, and admittedly this may perhaps also owe to my peculiar set of perspectives and experiences, I have found the contrary to your second statement as well–although this is, by way of observation of youth and age, both as a young and an old man–namely that youth is rather synonymous, in large part with abrogation and the opposite is true of maturity.

      This leads me to wonder if the impetuousness we most often associate with youth is the result of the odd men out–and that this notion might be further bolstered by fiction writers which may further help us to substitute false data for real.

      Most of my peers, I found, when young were quite abrogate; whereas the same now, (those that still number among the living) are quite impetuous–particularly when compared to their younger selves; but even when compared to their young contemporaries.

      As for the ‘but,’ I am not quite sure how the two statements relate in such a way; unless of course this might simply be a reference someone’s posterior?!?


    • Surely you have noticed how young people are always willing to jump the shark for something they are not completely sure of. The relation between the two statements is consequential, attaining or being deprived of something you wistfully yearn may be tragic, but how is it that one may or may not attain it, since it is through one’s shear perseverance and volition, and it is this state of having or not having what one wishes for that one might find oneself in and realize that it is all due to ones imprudence and impetuousness.
      Albeit jocular, you have overlooked how the two statements are chronologically related, ergo the reminder of ‘but’ between the two statements.


    • I must be honest and call such things as I see them. I have been told such things about young people, read such things; but seen? Not so much. I do fully admit that my experience might be unique, and certainly should be taken as nothing more than anecdotal; however this, honestly has been my experience. My direct experience. Apart from literature, which may offer as true any untruth as it may. I can only assert that which I have experienced. Or I should say, I choose not to speculate on the veracity of that which I have not directly observed. Those I have known well–and for quite a very long time, say, the better part of a century have demonstrated otherwise. I should rather turn a blind eye, so to speak, more safely to that which I do not know and have not seen, than that to which I do and to which I have.

      As to the second, I could also have said: “True enough.” and left out my observation that I have found such proclivities to be the reverse.” Your statement, such as it was, is true enough regardless.

      As to how one follows from the other, I am a bit fuzzy, but here again, it could well be the onset of dementia, and I might task you to be gentle to your elders in such matters : )

      My poor ageing brain might well be teeming with prions; still, I feel I must “call ’em like I see ’em,” as goes the saying; a habit which has caused me no small end of trouble both young and abrogate, and old and impetuous as now I find myself.


    • You are, and have been from the very start, most kind. I as well have very much enjoyed our exchange. I mean this very sincerely.

      Quite often people will write “I look forward to reading your blog,” but I prefer to ask “What entry in your blog would you most like me to read first?”

      I too look forward to further such conversations–prions or no.


    • I am afraid my poetry is not worthy of your glance Mr. David, but if and when you find some leisure, do tell me which atrocity of mine offended you the least, and perhaps I may boast of it to the lesser minds someday, puerile or not.
      P.S: sorry to hear about the prions


  1. We sometimes wish cor things because we feel deprived of it. Little do we realisethat it may not be whatw e really want, but just wish for it because we do not bave it in our possesion now and we feel lost.
    i am citing from my ownexperience and I may be wrong for all I am worth.

    David, do you have another blog? Do send me the link.


    • No, not wrong at all : ) But even if your interpretation is not what I intend, still that interpretation speaks to you. I have often received comments wherein people found or saw things in my sonnets that I did not consciously intend; however I find such things fascinating, and often they shed light on these pieces for me also.

      You may be interested in my “Etudes” sequence, because it is written with an emphasis on form and balance. All are written with a formula as experiments with sound. Therefore the meaning is secondary to them. Still, they seem to tell a story individually and all together; as I fit the words into the schemes which I devise, they seem to hold together and coalesce in some ways. Feel free to interpret them as you will : )
      They can be found here:

      I used to have three blogs, but merged them all into this one. So this, as they say, is it.


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