It’s now or nothing, something or never.

Some days I want to submit
Selling my time is easy, no pressure.
A man with more money than he admits
Pays me hourly for short-changed measure.

Other days I want to fight.
Seize the day, stand for my humanness
Give myself my undeniable human rights.
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

But most days I fall under the shroud
I sit back and dream of what I will be.
Each day slipping further into the crowd
Where I sell my time, to someone other than me.

The reasoning of a premature high schooler’s mind,
That someday when I grow up I’ll be something,
That I have dreams to accomplish, and plenty of time.
Truth be told, the clock is ticking, soon there will be nothing.

It’s now or nothing, something or never.
Do I sit back and watch my dreams die?
Do I devise some scheme barely clever?
Or do I say no and actually grab that ladder and climb?

What if instead of just reading you actually wrote?
Or are you afraid your words will be lost?
What if instead of listening you actually spoke?
Or are you afraid of what your words might cost?

Macklemore made it by confessing his sins.
Johnny Cash rose by breaking the status quo.
Chance the Rapper can barely sing, but wrote Blessings.
Do you really think these self-starters submitted?


I want to know what you, the reader, thinks. Consider leaving a comment and I will reply!

19 thoughts on “It’s now or nothing, something or never.

  1. I dread being stuck in the rat-race of a 9-5 job, little-by-little my soul chipping away until i am but an empty shell in the vast array of capitalist consumption. I love how this poem manages to confront the feeling of hopelessness ad indifference and slowly change it into a bright rebellious piece that motivates the reader to step back and at least re-consider the choices they make. Loved it

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  2. Wow speaking to my soul! Hey William, my name is Treasure. The poem you liked wasn’t easy to write. I really enjoyed your poem, it’s actually how I feel, what’s been on my mind. The book “the courage to write” comes to mind often.

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  3. Hi William, your theme comes over strongly. The rhyming verse pattern serves well in the first four quatrains, the fifth last line could be rhymed to ‘try’ by redeveloping that last line -and the last verse would have more punch if you could maintain the rhyming scheme. Just my views of course, it’s an interesting read -thankyou.

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    1. Hi Tony, thank you for your insights, they are much appreciated. The last stanza not rhyming is actually intentional. It’s intended to give the reader a sort of “slap to reality.” Reminding them that these are not just words, but something to live by. I will agree, it does not fit this poem as well as it does others.


    1. I just wrote a poem about a wolf who loses his wolfness because he wants to fit in the the sheep temporarily. It won’t be released for another month, but it is similar to what you have described here


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