Words that flow...

Words and images - powerful elements of our everyday life. Most of the time we take them for granted, but sometimes something happens to make you aware of how important they are... and how thankful you are to have the opportunity to use or appreciate them. Here lies some of my words and pictures (which are untouched apart from cropping, unless I've said otherwise) - Please add your words to mine, and leave a comment. Thanks for visiting!

19 November 2006

(P) Pleasure Thief

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Another of my kiddie rhymes - He and Kleptomania would make a good couple, don't you think? :-)



Pleasure Thief

Look out and don't be happy!
Hide your smile. Make it snappy.
The 'Pleasure Thief', he's sometimes called
isn't very easily fooled.
He gravitates towards joy
his intentions to employ.
However, his delight isn't in the taking.
It's in the mischief he'll be making.
He takes the time that you most treasure,
the times when you're knee-deep in pleasure.
Just when you don't want it ever to stop,
he whittles the time - Chop! Chop! Chop!
And we say, when the deed is done,
"Time goes quickly when you're having fun!"
Good times seem shorter, you see,
but, in fact, they are a reality.

And then, when you're full of grief,
along comes the Pleasure Thief,
adding the time he took away -
remember when you felt so gay?
So, the time drags on and on -
a minute added for each one gone.
When it's time to go to sleep
the clock hands slowly creep.
Again there's a change of tempo
when you are waiting to go
to your most favourite place -
a frustrating slowing of pace.
And then there's those times of boredom -
when extra minutes become awesome...
Seconds seem to be hours
when the thief weaves his powers.

So be sure, my friend, to be on your guard:
The Pleasure Thief is in your back yard.
Enjoy the moments, happy or fraught -
Without each one life is too short.

© Annelisa Christensen 5:15 pm

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18 Comments:

At November 20, 2006 9:24 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

BTW, Mystic - don't answer me until I've thought some more!

 
At November 20, 2006 12:56 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

:)))))

yep, pleasure thief it is!

 
At November 20, 2006 12:58 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm...what makes u think i was writing about myself????

 
At November 20, 2006 7:51 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautifully said. And a nice photo as well.
Just listening to a guy named M. Ward singing "if life as really as short as they say then why are nights so long" as I read your poem. Seemed to fit in nicely.
assalam

 
At November 20, 2006 8:45 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hello there Mystic - I thought you'd know what I was talking about! :-)

Re your question - maybe false intuition... I guess it just seemed that you were talking about another 'self'. You know, like the one who wants to/ doesn't want do those things that are 'right' to do. I suppose there's a part of me who's outgoing, and a part of me that is really shy. Which one comes up at any time is sometimes a surprise to me :-) So, that's kind of along the line I was thinking... the self that is the 'pushed down' part of you.

Hello Goatman, good to see you again!

Sounds like one of those coincidental moments (like when you're reading a book, and the word you're reading is said at exactly the same time by someone on the radio/ tv) :-) Very good timing! The photo was taken yesterday, when I was on a bank on the side of the road, helping my daughter take some 'nature' shots for her blog! I couldn't resist nabbing the camera back for a moment to get this shot, then she went back to taking shots of sheep after :-)

 
At November 21, 2006 12:40 am, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Jey Annelisa,
Pretty groovy, pretty hot
let the pleasure thief rob you not
let time fool you & trick you not

when its hot its hot
when its not its not
a little time is what we've got
whether we like it much or not
so best to enjoy the time a lot

 
At November 21, 2006 3:00 am, Blogger madd said...

Annelisa..thanks for stopping by and checking on me..I am feeling better.and I love this poem..it is so much fun..the Pleasure Thief..just great!! take care..m

 
At November 21, 2006 3:03 am, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Ain't that just the truth! It's never quite the way we want it!
(Have had a power outage all evening so just getting on now! Was very strange! Police outside our house and the army guys with guns!)

 
At November 21, 2006 4:52 am, Blogger that frolicsome kid said...

I love the poem! It's sounds really carefree!

 
At November 21, 2006 8:22 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

lol!... very inventive Quasar9! (actually had a little chuckle over that one!)

Hi yourself, Madd! Your place is a good one to stop by, so 'my pleasure!' :-)

Mother of Invention- Did you find out what that was about? Sounds a bit unnerving?!

Hello Frolicsome kid - Nice to see you again. Quite enjoyed writing this one! How's Kinderella going?

 
At November 21, 2006 1:32 pm, Anonymous brian said...

Morning,

I thought I left a comment yesterday? Oh well. Hope your week is going good.

My word verify is aaqqq. Weird.

 
At November 21, 2006 3:45 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hi Brian - hope you had a great holiday... I shall pop over in a minute to see if you've written anything about it!

Your comment yesterday must've disappeared in the bloguda triangle, like so many others at the moment... I didn't get any email notification of one, anyhow!

I had a verification yesterday that looked a lot like mailit !

 
At November 21, 2006 4:41 pm, Blogger red-dirt-girl said...

hey girlfriend.......i'm supposed to be taking a break.......but i just wanted to stop by and say hi! I love this poem.......it is so true.......the pleasure thief does still time...adding it when it pleases HIM........you've such a talent!!!!!!! see you around next week, hopefully me - owwww!
-rdg

 
At November 21, 2006 4:42 pm, Blogger red-dirt-girl said...

i think I meant to write 'steal'......sorry, late night and a foggy headed morning...LOL!

 
At November 21, 2006 5:08 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hiya kitty! Your comment just about had me purring...

So, had a good night last night, huh? Oh, I wish! Weekdays are strictly (ok, not too strictly) not too 'late nights'... Haven't exactly been out on the town lately either :-(

It was lovely you stopped by, but you really shouldn't - you're supposed to be nursing your muse... :-) [or should I say 'mews', or even 'me-ows'...]

Go relax rd kitty - Enjoy your break!

 
At November 21, 2006 5:42 pm, Anonymous Dewy Knickers said...

Hi Annelisa,

Thanks for popping by. :) I agree, we can all be confusing, but rest assured we are not confused.

Any more questions, you can always e-mail either Brian or myself.

DK
xo

 
At November 21, 2006 6:16 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

very beautiful blog and splendid shots, compliments.ciao :-)

 
At November 21, 2006 10:23 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hi DK! Pleasure to meet you. I have to say, when reading the holiday report, I didn't understand who was who (because it seemed to change from person to person, I couldn't work out who was talking) but... I'm getting the hang of it now! I'm glad I came to your blog and got clarification... Still haven't worked out where Diane comes into the picture... but I'll come ask you that at your place :-D

Guiliano88 - Ah, I so wish I could understand your language. Your photos are so beautiful, I feel sure your poetry must be too... One day, I'll get babelfish or something to translate (though I'm sure much nuance will be lost :-( )

I put a link up to your blog G Grassi Photography - so I can come back!

 

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