Versions of Life in Three Rows

Sometimes

I live like the women in the front row

Full on, fearless, loving it

Sometimes

Like the women in the second row

At a distance from risk, safe

But mostly enjoying myself

Sometimes

Like the women in the third row

Going through the motions

Wrapped up in surviving

Joyless

I wonder

Is it possible to live every minute

In the first row

Or is a little third row needed

Here and there for comparison

Are there people

Who never experience

Life in the first row or the third

Life is a rollercoaster ride

The sum of it

Can be determined

By where we choose to sit

E.A. Fussell

11.23.2020

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