Endless Roller Coaster

It occurred to me the other day
that I’m on a roller coaster ride
The Cyclone on Coney Island perhaps
or Goliath at Six Flags

I chug up the hill on encouragements
Your story needs to be told
You are such a good writer
I love your perspective
You are so brave

I reach the top, elated and determined
Ready to conquer all my doubts and fears
Ready to write my memoir
and tell my story to the world

Then comes the drop, racing downhill
at breakneck speed to the bottom
to unconquered doubt and fears
No one cares about your story
You’re no Mary Karr or Maya Angelou
You can’t let people know everything about you
What will your family think?
You must be crazy, just give up now

Then just this morning I realized
if I was on a roller coaster ride
it would be over by now
because they only last about two minutes

Guess I’ll get back in line for another ride


Sharing for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub today.

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


24 Responses

  1. I love that last line. <3 I believe in a roller coaster ride, you could either choose to scream in fear or joy. The choice is ours but I'd prefer the latter. 🙂

  2. I think everyone has said what I wanted to say – except I’m not keen on roller coasters but, as a Brit, I’m used to standing in queues!

  3. I think the truth lies in both extremes — it does not matter in the big picture — but it does in someone’s small picture. And the big picture is a bunch of small ones but we don’t arrange it.

    Also, we are often delusional thinking our story unique, needed or more. More often, we just want to scream out ME! It is important to admit that — it makes for better writing, I think.

    If you ever re-write this poem, I think it would have ended better by just leaving the last line off.

    I loved the analogy and the rawness.

  4. What if like Mordecai Ham, you only touch one important person with your memoir, but that person ends up being Billy Graham. That would be good, right?

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