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Carl Palmer"autumn leaves unfulfilled"

too busy 

always my excuse before

now with all the time in the world

too late

days grow shorter

time speeds up

with dreams still unrealized


one of these days has turned

into I wish I would have

reading someone else’s words

rather than writing my own

planning for tomorrow knowing

that day will be even shorter 

than today


Carl “Papa” Palmer of Old Mill Road in Ridgeway, Virginia, lives in University Place, Washington. He is retired from the military and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) enjoying life now as “Papa” to his grand descendants and being a Franciscan Hospice volunteer. Carl is a Pushcart Prize and Micro Award nominee. MOTTO: Long Weekends Forever!

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