Meanwhile, in the Ukraine…

The holidays are closing in:
So much expected to be done.
Our lives are complicated, no?
But pictures seem so simple —

A child playing on the ice.
November in the cold Ukraine:
With frozen trees upon the hill
And joy upon her face —

But imagery can be a trap,
Just symbols on a changing screen
That keep us seeing what’s around
Wherever we may be

And what we envy may just be
A moment in somebody’s day;
Forgotten soon and left aside
In life’s unending march

But I learned many years ago
From an old television show*,
That if you are not where you are,
You are no place

At all

(The quote is from an episode of MASH – Owen)

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