Change comes to us all

Posted: Monday, October 30, 2006 by Travis Cody in

I came home sick from work at noon today. I was fine early, but I went to stand up and grab something from the printer and the room spun - I almost went face first into a file cabinet. That can't be right!!

I'm feeling better now - I thought I was going to be fighting a major migraine. I don't usually get dizzy and I have no idea what happened. No inner ear pain or shortness of breath. I'm still coherent - well at least as much as I normally am. Heehee.

So I napped all afternoon and I'm feeling better physically. Mentally, however, I've been thinking a lot about change. I'm adjusting to some big time changes these days - maybe I'll go into them at another time.

For now, I'd like to share another poem I wrote in 1992. Get this - it started with an obscenity I yelled at some idiot. It was a colorful turn of phrase and I wrote it down as soon as I could. Then I started playing with other descriptive language around the original phrase, and suddenly I tapped into something completely unexpected.

Despair to Evolve

Where hides sense and logic on a crystal blue morn
Fluttered away in the autumn mist forever and utterly shorn

How measure courtesy blocked and passed from sight
Harried soul bereft of kindness bound forever to a sea of midnight

Who calls another simple does himself most harm and hurt
Ego lies while friendships die and blow away like fallow dirt

What does a road save guide and direct a pointless trail
Marred and broken signs steal progress; we march on to no avail

When can a thing end that is not yet begun
Dreams measured against reality barter life from songs unsung

Why ponder useless questions if true knowledge is sparingly doled
To feed the lust of ages before all breath grows forever cold

I guess change is something that goes on around us all the time. We can't stop it and we can't control it. We can only determine our place within the change, and either minimize or maximize the effects. Will we make something better with the opportunities presented by entropy? Or will we let change overwhelm us and freeze us into inaction?

Hey - here's a funny. I just ran spell check and the program stopped on the word migraine. I guess the program wanted to make sure I hadn't meant to type Nigeria or macaroni. Such a thoughtful little spell check program!!


  1. Anndi says:

    How sweet... it doesn't want you to have a migraine!

    As always, beautiful writing Travis.

    Have some chicken soup, get some rest...

    Change is good... imagine not changing your clothes for a few days.. *gags*

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sits daown and realizes this travis guy has some deep thoughts...not jack Haney deep thougts...real deep thoughts...

    Making me think early in the morning dude.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Trav--fantastic poem and comment. Truly excellent writing. Excited for you to get 'unblocked' sugar so we can have more. I think I am gonna do the NaNoWriMo thing--it's a blast.


  1. Travis says:

    Ann: **sucks down chicken soup and decides to shower** Yup, it's the little steps that force us to accept change.

    Bond: Thinking in the morning can be painful dude. Ease into it.

    Turn: I'm hoping a careful review of my older work will shake the block a little.

    Thanks to all for your kind words about the poetry.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Better late than never. Sorry it took me so long to get here!!

    Change is what we make it. Or so I tell myself anyway..hehe. Great poetry, as usual!! Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs, Robin

  1. Anonymous says:

    From the mind of Meribah:

    **saunters in, looks around, touches Trav's stuff (especially his toothbrush! heeheehee), hops on his couch, rolls around, sheds on everything, goes to the fridge, grabs some leftover pot roast she finds there, mumbles** Nife pwafe you got here! **heads back out the door with her snack** LOL

  1. I find that as the seasons change, I start thinking about change, too (but especially in the spring and fall). What do I really want to be doing? Where do I want to be at this time next year? Sometimes change comes to you when you're not expecting it, sometimes you are the catalyst that sets it in motion. Either way, try to take it by the reins and steer it in the direction you'd like to go...