Waste Not, Want Not

Waste Not, Want Not

One of my biggest

regrets 

in life is

my inability to

return left-over

toothpaste

to its tube.

I can insert key to lock,

throw pill to mouth,

squeeze foot to sock,

slide letter to mailbox,

transfer love to heart—

but forget 

cram toothpaste to tube.

Admittedly,

I’ve handicapped 

myself—

I didn’t earn a 

Harvard Law degree,

or Stanford PhD—

I’m not a Rhodes scholar, 

or Oxford Fellow—

Cal Tech Engineer,

or win Summa Cum Laude honor.

Coupling those failures 

with less than a kindergartener’s

store of

common sense,

makes life a constant 

pothole.

No wonder 

the toothpaste debacle.