Both Life and I are
Giving me new balls to juggle
Frequently this year –
I haven’t dropped one and I’ve
Even thrown out some as strikes!
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.
Notes to this poem…
Juggling here is a metaphor for handling many things in life at one time.
Now, think of someone juggling. They can pick up new balls, like me taking on new interests or things. Or someone can hand it or throw it to them, which is Life doing that to me with either challenges, opportunities or just things that were due to happen from previous commitments. That’s been what’s going on in my life, in summary.
Dropping the ball is an English metaphor for failing to do something for which you were responsible. That hasn’t happened yet.
Of course, you can’t juggle an infinite number of balls. Besides, some of these things in my life also finishes, which is like ditching balls you’re juggling. Well, instead of just tossing them out as jugglers do, I’ve even been skilled enough to throw them out with force and precision like a baseball pitch. They’ve all been strikes, so far as I can tell you… meaning no hit batters. 😉
The poems titled Tanka, followed by a number, are tanka composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Tanka collection.