How much of human life is lost in waiting – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Waiting for your life to begin

Waiting for your team to win

Waiting for the bus to arrive

Waiting for your kid to strive

Waiting for the rain to pass

Waiting for the bell after class

Waiting for the job of your dream

Waiting for things to become what they seem

Waiting for inspiration to come

Waiting to become rich and then some

Waiting for a person to change

Waiting for motion to become a range

Waiting for a bad mood to disappear

Waiting for your head to clear

Waiting for your boss to see your worth

Waiting for heaven on earth

Waiting for what is your due

Waiting for a cue

Waiting for someone to understand

Waiting for your enemies to be banned

Waiting for the world to get better

Waiting for that liberating letter

Waiting for something that will never come

Waiting for things to become undone

Waiting for wisdom to teach you

that waiting is just loosing time to get through

(c) Mindful Mimi -May 2008

Thanks to Weekend Wordsmith for triggering this post about Waiting.
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6 Responses to How much of human life is lost in waiting – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  1. Bonnie Jacobs says:

    Yes, you are first! You have the top spot. Welcome to Weekend Wordsmith.

  2. White Rose says:

    So true, we are always waiting!

  3. MindFul MiMi says:

    Thanks Bonnie. I just saw that you have a lot of blogs. I will surely surf along them in the near future.

    White Rose: bottom line is though that waiting is kind of time lost. Instead of waiting for something to happen, one should just make it happen.

  4. rebecca says:

    excellently said, mimi.

  5. Anonymous says:

    cant believe losing was spelled wrong in this, how embarrassing

  6. Mindful Mimi says:

    Dear Anonymous,

    loosing is not spelled wrong in this.

    It is NOT meant as losing = be defeated/lost,
    but loosing = set free/unbind/alleviate (see synonyms here:

    But I appreciate your in depth analysis of my poem.


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