24 Feb

“If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster.” ~Clint Eastwood


As I surf through the sea of web
And read the writes of others
A common theme that appears in
The writes of sisters, brothers

Is angst because they struggle with
A big uncertainty
They write how they want wisdom and
They wish for clarity

They want some reassurance that
It all will be okay
That they are not just wasting time
For all the things they pray

They want that peace of mind that they
See so few do possess
I’ve got the secret but it may
A few of you depress

I don’t have words of wisdom that will
Fill you with warm light
I cannot guarantee that everything
Will be alright

In fact, I’ll say the opposite
You’re in for a tough ride
Loss and suffering and death
And no safe place to hide

At times there will not be someone
Who’s there to console you
That God you worship will sometimes
Feel absent when you’re blue

Others will deceive and hurt
And put themselves ahead
Of you and everyone else and
Leave all of you for dead

And if you survive long enough
Your body falls apart
Think you have it bad right now?
Wait ‘till you’re an old fart

You’ll carry physical pain on
Your shoulders every day
You may even lose your mind as
All of your hair turns gray

You want a guarantee in life
That clarity will come?
That peace and grace will come to you
And help you not succumb?

That everything will be alright
And your angst will disperse?
The only guarantee I’ll give
Is that it just gets worse

Because that is the nature of
The weakness that plagues you
The lack of courage, strength and faith
That’s given you this view

You want a guarantee, just listen
To the words of Clint:
“Buy a toaster,” Eastwood said
With his cold, steely squint

Because he is a warrior
And fully understands
No one owes you anything
It all lies in your hands

You can’t control what happens but
You can control reaction
It’s your choice if you focus or
If you just choose distraction

Pain and misery and angst
Uncertainty and stress
All they do is distract from
The strength that you possess

So for a moment, clear your mind
And let go those afflictions
And focus on the positives
Your resolve and convictions

And maybe then you will get that
Guarantee you desire
That within you already is
Everything you require



11 Responses to “Guarantees”

  1. Deb February 24, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    Very well put, Miro. I too run into many that are so satisfied…searching for answers and look for a sure thing in life. We there just is nothing sure in life, but to live, dies and for some…pay taxes. Everything else along the road of life is completely up to us. The best thing too, that I would tell people it if you want to have a sure thing in life, but make up your mind what kind of person you want to be, and see what may, or may not come back to you.
    I like this poem…hope many see it too!
    Thank you for sharing my friend!
    Hugs, xx

  2. Cat Forsley February 24, 2012 at 10:36 am #


  3. willofheart February 24, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    I love the message behind each lines u’re right my friend everything is with in us, just clear our mind and focus on the positive sides…

  4. Nandini February 24, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Wow, Miro! Loved this one. Such a powerful thought-provoking poem. Teaches all of us well. Thanks a lot for this. 🙂

    Cheers to our own self!

  5. bipolarmuse February 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    Wonderfully expressed! Life takes twists and turns that we don’t expect. It takes that strength and courage to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Nothing comes easy, but with practice a compassion for ourselves, it does get easier to get back up, dust off the dirt, and strive forward. ♥

  6. Christy February 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Here, here! Let’s put ourselves back into the driver’s seat where we belong.

  7. Sue Dreamwalker February 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    Great Advice Miro, the only guarantee is oneself.. its no good waiting for others to find the answers, we have to go within and if we search hard enough,, they were waiting there All the time.. ~Sue

  8. granbee February 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Indeed, Miro, we DO have within us all that we require! Wonderful post and exactly “right on”.

  9. You As A Machine February 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Miro, you rock! Big smile over here.

  10. Soma Mukherjee February 25, 2012 at 12:23 am #

    very well crafted Miro..only guarantee we have is there will be none …unless we resolve to keep moving and braving the thick n thin..we wont accomplish anything…beautiful poetry

  11. Sunshine February 27, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    Nodding in agreement…

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