Sunrise silence offers beauty,

the best duty of a golden morning.

Without warning, the line tugs and bugs

skitter across the surface.

Even a bad day fishing begins in splendor!

(C) Walter J. Wojtanik

“Task” Poem



“Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself.”

~ Erich Fromm

A heartbeat strong and sure,
pure and unadulterated; slated for great things
if only he’d assume his gift and lift it heavenward.
Words become him, but he struggles,
his message is saturated; inundated with self-doubt.
Tucked away like a cocoon, a swoon
of outrageous proportions. He succumbs
to the demons in residence, brought about
by said doubt and deprivation; a degradation.
But, still within, a heart beats strong and sure.
Confidence in short supply, he relies on
what his soul regurgitates and spews onto paper and page.
Sage advice he had once read. Man’s purpose –
his only purpose is to re-invent who he was meant to be.
The darkness lurches as sporadic contractions push him,
his tunnel vision shrouded in a murky mire,
and as synapses start to fire he sees the light,
at the end of the tunnel he is blinded by brilliance.
A gentle slap to a lifeless muse brings a gasp,
and he grasps for pencil and pad; a poet reborn.

(C) Copyright Walter J Wojtanik

“Task” Poem



“We all have a face that we hide away forever,
and we take them out and show ourselves when everyone has gone!”
~ Billy Joel – “The Stranger”

Things aren’t always as they seem,
we dream of being more than we are.
Far from the truth and the years of our youth,
we try to dress hipper, act younger,
and fall for all the trappings of a somebody we are not.
We’ve got to stop kidding ourselves,
or we’ll become unrecognizable; we will be strangers
to others. We’ll be strange to ourselves.
Familiarity does not breed contempt.
There is comfort in the who we are meant to be;
who we’ve always been. It’s no sin to
free yourself from any preconceived notion
or devotion to vanity. For the sake of all humanity,
be yourself. Choose not to be confusing,
some cookie cutter fusion of someone’s conformity.
Authenticity and originality will make you stand out;
no need to shout your arrival. You survival
depends on you and your friends being unique.
Remove the mask and the task will free you.

(C) Walter J. Wojtanik

“Task” Poem