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On the Back Burner
by Thomas Kittrell
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On the Back Burner
Thomas E. Kittrell
September 28, 2010

We often put things off to be done or addressed at a later date. Often this is referred to as “putting it on the back burner.” I have been trying to bring some things or plans I have put on the back burner to the front, to get them done, or at least re-evaluated. This morning I was thinking about the accumulation of things put “on the back burner” and decided to attempt a poem on the subject. I submit the following to you, and perhaps you will, like me, take a good look at your mind’s “back burner.”

There is a place, residing in my mind, called the back burner.
It is there I put things for which at the present I do not have time.
My intention is good; they are just lacking in importance you see;
At least that is how I view them. Later I will bring them to the front.

To my dismay, I often find they have been there way too long.
And that old back burner is beginning to sag under the load.
Too many thoughts are residing there, and they are beginning to fade.
Some have even become obscure and no longer can be found.

Lately I have been doing a cleaning of that old back burner,
Finding it too overcrowded and in need of renewed attention.
I find a treasure is there, to my delight and welcome surprise.
Thank you’s I never sent for the encouragement of old friends.

I really meant to show my appreciation, but there was not time,
So I put it on the back burner; one day I would follow through.
Days went by, and time passed, things on the back burner grew.
Things of value I have stored there for way too long, to my shame.

Yes, that old back burner really needs some attention now.
I am the one who must make the move and see to the task.
One day it might be too late, so I begin my work with haste.
That place in my mind, called the back burner, I address.

With shame I have to confess, I found things that did not belong-
On the back burner at all, things that sadly became neglect.
People I was going to witness to, lives I intended to touch.
Hurt feelings needing repair, forgiveness I intended to ask.

While cleaning the back burner I found many good intentions.
That had become covered with a layer of corrosive procrastination.
Bible study, prayer requests: witnessing: put on the back burner.
There was so much there, waiting for me to find the time at last.

What about you? Do you also have a place called the back burner?
A place where your good intentions and plans are so easily cast?
There is no better time than the present to begin to take a look-
At the nearly forgotten things which reside there, waiting for you.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Jason Walsh 04 Oct 2010
Hi Thomas, I related to this one! One of the things I like about your work is how it relates to life. Thanks.
Lisa Kurasz 30 Sep 2010
Wow! Talk about words that shot an arrow into my heart. Thank you for sharing such a personal and touching poem with all of us.
Thomas Kittrell 29 Sep 2010
Robin, I write the way God gives it to me, not to please those who only want a certain style of writing to read. Thank you for being honest, and I will be honest. I have never asked for a pat on the back, just a chance to inspire someone. I appreciate your honesty, and I will continue to write as I always have as long as there are those who are blessed by it. God bless you.
Janice S Ramkissoon 28 Sep 2010
Thanks for the reminder to attend to that back burner. Books are overdue, projects need completing..."Lord help me to to stay focused." A great piece!
Anita Johnson 28 Sep 2010
Oh yes, I have a back burner too! Lord help me to do the things I should do for you and for others that have gone undone for too long. Thank you Thomas for this great piece!!
Robin Quinn saviorsknee.blogspot.com 28 Sep 2010
as poetry, shovel out 2/3's of the pronouns ,then cut it in 1/2 [word count] dig out the essence and start over , rinse and repeat do you want honesty or a pat on the back... this work rambles on and looks splattered on the page. i'm just curious is it the 1st draft, was there any edit.


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