One literary adventure series I am starting this year is to write a poem every week.  Back in the Art of Manliness challenge days when I had to memorize the poem “If” I was inspired to be better with my words.  When I think poetry I usually think of cheesy things that nobody in their normal activities would say, but I remember reading Shel Silverstein (Falling Up, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and A Light in the Attic) as a boy and loving his poems.  And “If” by Rudyard Kipling is something I would never be able to even come close to.

Anyways, enough about that.  I don’t expect many of my 52 poems would be very good, but my hope is that some would be decent and that maybe one or two would be beautiful.


Two Thousand Thirteen

by Simeon Koh

The world did not end!
Which means I can’t slack off anymore, saying,
‘The world’s gonna end anyways!’
It means I have to think about
The future and stuff
What I’m going to do and who I want to be.

The world still goes on!
Which means I have time to do more things, saying,
‘I still have time left here on earth.’
It means I want to figure out
The mysteries of life or something
Find adventures and go where nobody has gone before.

But the world might still end!
Which means all that I know and all that I love, surely,
Will slip away when my time has run out.
It means I need to make the most of
My present.
What must I do with this which, too, shall pass?


Simeon Koh