–Amy Engle


National Poetry Writing Month 2017 Poem #23


They say to calm down–

That I’m too uptight.

I should relax more

And let things go.

I have to shake it off.

But what if I don’t

Want to chill out?

What if I like being

Rigid and stiff and

Enjoy a structured life?

I’ve tried it their way.

It doesn’t sit well with

My Type A personality.

Perhaps you should

Be the open one and try

Being more worrisome.

You might be surprised

How much it helps you

Plan your life and assist in

Anticipating possible future

Mistakes before they’re made.

So the next time that you

Tell someone to “chill,”

Recognize that it’s not

Always the worse thing to be.