Say that the hair
         is auburn
that the eyes are clear
         bright and vivacious
more precious
         than any precious stone
Say that the voice
         is light and airy
that life
         is for living
that there’s no time
         like the present
no bird
         like the bird in hand

Say that as you sow
         so shall you reap
that it’s an ill wind
         that blows no good
and believe it down
         to your boots
Say that sufficient
         unto the day
are the evils thereof
         the slings
and flighty arrows
         and all the lucky breaks

View time
         as your benefactor
and now
         as your space

Go seize it
         and savour
and say
         what you like

John Lyons

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