Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Shallow waters

Sure I remember him
He loved to swim
With me in the deep of the pool
In our youthful days of school
We’d swim, dive
Strong, lithe, alive
We’d connect

What happened to you?
A few deals..
Jolt of excitement
some Money
Spoiled hunny
Too much to swallow
And there you are in the shallow
Out of shape..
In a silly goofy tube
Surrounded by your toys
Showing off to the boys
Treo, MDX
Pot belly protruding
Splashing around

Hey David good to see you too
You look at me..but the look is gone
Go get your buzzing phone
Go play your game
Truly a shame

I swim away..




Blogger the only way i know said...

the pic makes me long for the summer and the pool, btw...

i cant say i've had a similar experience....
the post - (beautifully written) - seems to speak of someone who has, not only drifted away (this is normal, life goes on..) - but who doesnt pay tribute to the great rapport you once had together..(must happen frequently to people, but is a great shame).
I have learnt the hard way (because for me it was hard) - that life takes its course and relationships change -
when I do have an occasion to 'pick up' the rapport - even if only for a few minutes - at some point in life...
I make sure -it's fulfilling both for me and for the friend -
for the memory, for the good times..
It's one of the things that add so much spice to life - one of the things that I look fwd to - ..
Shame for those who miss out.

That's one thing..

The other thing is that the pot-bellied guy - is - someone who's become unattatched to what's really important in life by letting all the physical demands take allowing unhealthy priorities...
And he's got to be proud of it and show off -because otherwise - he needs recognition for the way his hours, days, weeks are spent...
Those that spend their time wisely, dont need others' approval for it..

anyway - thanks for allowing me to hog the blog :)

November 02, 2006 4:23 AM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

sorry - one word towards the end of my comment needs to be deleted - because it doesnt make sense...

the word 'otherwise'- as in 'because otherwise.....'

November 02, 2006 4:25 AM  
Blogger Sara with NO H said...

I'm not sure if I follow this one completely. I'm usually pretty good at keeping up but I'd love to know if this was directed at anyone in particular.

November 02, 2006 7:20 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Ok. This post was inspired by a good friend of mine from yeshiva. He was smart highly idealistic and we had a lot in common. In the last few years he became sort of a wheeler dealer and has metamorphisized in to a shallow materialistic oaf to the point that I have absolutely nothing in common with him. But its something I notice happening a lot in Lakewood and I'm sure in other places. Throw some money at em and they become these toy obsessed shallow kids.

November 02, 2006 8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Money changes people in many ways, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. It's the smart man than can cut through the wads and layers and see the superficiality of wealth and its entrapments.

November 02, 2006 10:16 AM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

and btw - your post (to me) was as clear as day - about the ..etc..
dont think it isnt..

my comments were of things that the post made me think of as well..

but youre good, Dave, youre good


November 02, 2006 10:49 AM  
Blogger anonym00kie said...

david.. great post..
i think sadder than being faced with people like actually BEING one of them.. one day it'll hit them..i dont envy them when it does

towik.. you should get your own blog, you have so much good stuff to say :P

November 02, 2006 1:18 PM  
Blogger kasamba said...

Beautifully written and evocative!

November 02, 2006 4:41 PM  
Blogger Moiy-rah said...

i hate to be so gramatically correct ,but it seems that you left out the last dot (for savings).

it should look like this:

i swim away...

thank you

-the management

November 02, 2006 7:02 PM  
Blogger chaverah said...

interesting poem. yes so many people get so mixed up with money that velues do not mean much to them once the green gets shook in their eyes. The world is controled by money.

November 02, 2006 7:51 PM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

I like to hog blogs - my speciality..

Moiy -
You're gettin funnier by the minute!

-the boss

November 02, 2006 8:24 PM  
Blogger Dovid said...

While your poem is nice, shouldn't you give him the benefit of the doubt? MAybe the rolex doesn't take as much mental space as you think it does...

November 02, 2006 10:17 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

yes that is true..and i have many friends that have used their money for good...

I dont doubt it for a second

yup...hope it doesnt happen too late..


u crack me up..sorry..heres the last dot.


u said it

Blog Hog...
thanks for filling in

Thanks..and while I'd never just judge someone blanketly on the mere presence of a this case its the whole package...and the whole person has changed..unfortunately

November 02, 2006 10:53 PM  
Blogger Lakewood Venter said...

Sadly, this is so true of so many! Ah, the innocence of days of old! where O where has it gone?

November 03, 2006 9:32 AM  
Blogger southernyid said...

It's All Good Now said...

Money changes people in many ways, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. It's the smart man than can cut through the wads and layers and see the superficiality of wealth and its entrapments.

Chazal disagree with you, money does not change anybody it simply amplifies the charachter traits thet were already there.

November 03, 2006 2:12 PM  
Blogger Sara with NO H said...

I'm too tired to read the rest of the comments but after reading your answer to what exactly this was about my comment is that time changes people. It's like you have your friend when you're school or yeshiva and you think man we;re always gonna be like this. But you get married, they get married, have kids build a life and little by little you only hear from them when they're having a simcha (if then) and when you do hear from them it's never like it was. Time can do funny things to people. Sometimes for them it's can be good, even if it might not be all that appealing to you. Lots of people just grown and change.

November 05, 2006 1:56 AM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

Always my pleasure to fill in - especially when my keyboard works!

Southernyid -
Wow - so interesting - never heard that -
will keep it in mind!
better than handwriting analysis - lol

November 05, 2006 5:35 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

well yes..thasts a part of growing apart..
this a phenominum that I see alot lately..not just with friends...when people leave learning...its like kids in a candy shop...

well..when ur keyboard doesnt work...ur excused..

November 05, 2006 11:02 PM  
Blogger the sabra said...

i like

October 17, 2007 2:37 AM  

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