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Carpe Diem – a Poem called “Ambition”



“The Day the Future Changed”

Ambition dismissed:
Impractical, they insist.
Opportunities missed.

Decision postponed.
Nobody phoned.
Potential disowned.

(Then came the day)
The future all changed.
Yes, my future rearranged,
And nothing was the same again.

(For my life had)
Changed before my eyes;
It took me time to realise
That if I was to be wise:

Ambition – reinstate;
Decisions to make;
Opportunities to take…

Go for it.


6 thoughts on “Carpe Diem – a Poem called “Ambition”

  1. I love this poem. Really love it. This coming from somebody who usually hates poetry.

    I want to thank you for your blog, I have found it very helpful. I was diagnosed 3 weeks ago (after 2 years trying to figure out what was wrong with me.) I found your blog by chance and I’ve now had a look at most of your posts from the beginning. As it happens my toes curl up just like yours and my thumb sticks out when I walk…

    • Moriana, thank you.

      Thank you for your huge compliment on my poem, and thank you for your appreciation of my blog. I started the blog for you – or, rather, for people like you, who are -like I was – trying to make sense of a recent diagnosis of (Young Onset) Parkinson’s.

      Of course, Parkinson’s doesn’t really make any sense, but sometimes you feel that you’d like to have company on the journey that you’ve unwillingly embarked upon, and to listen to the tales of your fellow-travellers who may be ahead of you on the path. This is what I have tried to create with this blog.

      I am very glad that you have found my words useful.

  2. The Day the Future Changed. That day was only three months ago for me, after seeking a diagnosis for 6 months. This poem grasps the sense of shock and loss, and then the realization that life is still to be lived, just differently than one had supposed. Right on target.

    • Thank you, Shaun.

      If I’d been specifically trying to do what you describe, I would have failed, I think! But this elliptical approach based on my own experience seems to reach out beyond me and my life, and that makes me happy.

      I hope that you continue to seek out the positive things in life.

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