I will never be ready


I will never be ready


this April I will be 73 years old

time to get my suitcase ready

pack my best suit to look at least a bit decent

only I can’t, am neither ready nor willing


this is one trip I’m not looking forward to

don’t mind if that train leaves without me

my ticket was bought the day I was born

surely there will always be another one


am not worried about the trip itself

we are all taking it sooner or later

the timing is not convenient now

unfinished business is holding me back


there are still some wines to be drunk

some milestones to be celebrated

some forbidden fruits to be tasted

some adventures to be lived through


I guess I will never be ready

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  • Author: Alfred Peyer (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: March 22nd, 2021 11:22
  • Category: Unclassified
  • Views: 60
  • User favorite of this poem: Poetic Dan.


  • orchidee

    Good write Fred.

    • FredPeyer

      Thanks so much for reading, orchie!

      • orchidee

        You ready now?! heehee.

      • Doggerel Dave

        Don’t know if I’m ahead or behind you in the queue Fred, but I’ll willingly let you have my place if I’m ahead – I know I’ll get my turn, I’m not worried.
        But should you still get on first, just leave the wines and forbidden fruits to me – I’ll finish them off for you….
        Another good ’un from your pen (sorry - keyboard).

        • FredPeyer

          Ah Dave, I love your comments! I just realized that I am glad I don't live in China, otherwise I would probably be on one of those bullet trains!
          And instead of you tasting that wine and the forbidden fruits after me, how about we do it at the same time, you in Australia and me here in Hawaii. Which reminds me of an old joke. This guy goes into a bar and orders two whiskey in separate glasses. The barkeeper asks him: "Why don't you order a double?" The guy says: "One is for me, the other one I drink for my friend who moved away." One day he comes in and orders only one whiskey. The barkeeper says: "I am so sorry, did your friend die?"
          "No," says the guy, "the doctor says I cannot drink anymore!"

          • Doggerel Dave

            I'll pay that one, Fred. Whiskey guy sounds like he's way ahead of me in the queue...

          • Goldfinch60

            Such very true words Fred, I will be 73 in October and as I tell people I cannot go yet I still have too many people to upset!. LOL


            • FredPeyer

              Great comment, Andy, thank you! And thanks for the reminder, I have to make a list of the people I want to 'upset' before that train leaves.

            • L. B. Mek

              'there are still some wines to be drunk
              some milestones to be celebrated
              some forbidden fruits to be tasted
              some adventures to be lived'..
              what a delectable offering of sobering truth's you've penned dear poet..
              'life's capacity
              for inquisitive appetites
              and humanity's inability
              to cultivate, a taste
              for the inevitability
              of our finite fates'..
              a great read, with some truly insightful lines of wisdom you've shared with us in this write, and thanks for inspiring my little scribbled reply

              • FredPeyer

                Thanks L.B., and your 'little scribbled reply' is much better than my 'original'. You do have a way with words!!!

              • Poetic Dan

                Punched my ticket long ago, I've been living on free time ever since. One day my soul will be off those two wheels and back into my wings!

                In not I'm just go on the track to start again because I was never ready when life turned into a beautiful game!

                Great stuff as my friend

                • FredPeyer

                  Thanks, P D! Life indeed is a 'beautiful game' and we are so lucky to be allowed to play it. Enjoy every minute of it!

                  • Poetic Dan

                    Finally got my bike mot today.. First ride from lockdown.... felt good!

                  • a__pott

                    Don't pack yet Fred, let the trip be impromptu! Happy late birthday! missed ya

                    • FredPeyer

                      Hi a_pott,
                      thanks so much for your comment. I didn't pack it in yet, but I am packed. Moving from Hawaii to California to be closer to the kids and grandkids.
                      Thanks for the birthday wish, at my age it doesn't matter so much anymore, but it is nice to have another one!!! 🙂
                      Have not been on the site for a long time, too much going on with selling the house and the move. Once I am settled in CA, I hope I will have more time again.
                      Take care!

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