Standing Up To Live

(for Beverly who is inspirational)

How vain it is to sit down and write when you have not stood up to live.
— Henry David Thoreau, Journal, August 19, 1851

Heeding thoreau’s advice
Imitating francis
I stood up to live a poetic life

Chances of fame and fortune slim

I sought wealth in the non-material
Mining insight through observation
Sitting down to write a few lines
Standing up again to live

In a topsy-turvy world
I found inspiration and hope in a smile

Paul Cech has been writing poetry since 1970. Several of his poems have been published as Saturday Poems in the Pittsburgh- Post Gazette and the Thomas Merton Center of Pittsburgh has published several of his poems in NewPeople. Read other articles by Paul.