Planning

We plan relations like

We plan futures.

We see our today and,

Assume our tomorrow.

I started writing our story

The first day we met.

I wrote one day at a time;

One page;

One chapter at a time.

I wrote about yesterday and today.

As chapters and days went by,

There were shades and textures added

Along with characters and characteristics.

Slowly there came in support in grieving

Besides laughter and bliss.

 

We plan relations like

We plan futures.

I enjoyed our story

So I started writing about tomorrow.

One page;

One chapter at a time.

We were here, at our today

But Iā€™d already written our tomorrow.

What was tomorrow,

If not a ripple of today?

But today changes

And so does tomorrow.

Slowly there came grieving without support

Besides agony and pain.

But ignorance is bliss

And this was a stone between the ripples.

 

We plan relations like

We plan futures

I kept writing our story

But now a little slowly,

Then even slower –

I stopped writing about tomorrow

And eventually, even about today.

I put down my pen and

Closed the ink bottle.

There were ten other books

Written in every now and then,

And another twenty that were written

With endings vague and, clear.

 

Truth is,

We plan our relations like

We plan our futures.

We see our today and,

Assume our tomorrow.

And that,

That is a problem.

Because we stop seeing today

And imagining our future.

We forget to create the today

That will create the ripples of tomorrow.

We get so busy writing our story –

Maybe just one, two or a handful

That we forget to kindle ten other.

 

We plan our relations like

We plan our futures.

But relations, you see

Are not bound by plans.

They are not made of stories

But,

Stories are made of them

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