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Defining Moment: Poetry

Chris practices free writing which often produces humorous or introspective results with practical applications to living life more fully.

What is a Defining Moment?

Men and women often come to a critical point in their lives when change is demanded. They demand it of themselves. They imagine the place they want to go, yet they cannot see it clearly. The defining moment is a hope, a dream, and it requires a leap of faith, a gamble. The wager must be made and it is a wager for the whole pot.

A Defining Moment, An Event Horizon, The Point of No Return

Some of you, my writer friends, know what I'm talking about. You came to a point in your lives where change was demanded, where you demanded change. You stepped out in that leap of faith into a whole new life of writing full time. It was your defining moment.

I have had at least two defining moments in my lifetime so far. I sense a third coming, but I can't see it. I don't know its nature nor if it is worth the gamble.


Defining Moment

This defining moment distills from all my moments,

Whether high


Or the nearly propless stage between the two,

A minimalist set

Where most of the scenes of my life are acted out,

And blends them into one steeping mishmash caldron,

Of adrenaline


And monotony of the day to day

Two dimensional life

Of a character dancing across the pages.


The chip stacks, my own personal skyline

Of hard choices


People, places, things, causes, effects and motives

Of a lifetime

Stand on the green of the dealer’s table.

All I have been in the ups and downs of life,

The proud moments


The sum total of who I was

Of who I am,

Slide across the betting line.

The dealer flips his cards.


Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on September 24, 2016:

Larry, thanks for reading my poem. It is always good to have you visit my hubs, and I apologize for taking so long to respond.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on September 12, 2016:

Interesting read.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on September 04, 2016:

Deb, you are so right. There are no guarantees, no promises that everything will turn out without a wrinkle. We learn to live with our choices.

Deb Hirt on September 04, 2016:

Indeed, life has many choices and we make wagers constantly. If they pan out, all is good, but sometimes they do not. We must take things as they come, and make ourselves ready for those twists and turns in that game of life.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on September 02, 2016:

Shauna, I like your comment "a bank of wonderful memories and accomplishments to run through my mind and know I've lived life well." That sums up a good deal of what I wanted to say in my poem. Thanks for reading so attentively.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 02, 2016:

Very reflective piece, Chris. Without those defining moments we experience in life, we would stagnate. Defining moments are made of drive, dreams, and oftentimes boredom. When I'm in the last years of my life, I know I have a bank of wonderful memories and accomplishments to run through my mind and know I've lived life well.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 28, 2016:

Bill, I'm glad you were able to grasp my meaning in the poem. These things seem to be so tenuous, it is hard to get a firm handle on them. But I think I've taken something with me as a result of writing the poem. Thanks for reading.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 28, 2016:

Faith, so nice to see you here. Thanks for reading this bit of poetry if I can be so bold as to call it that. I've learned, though, that when these kinds of thoughts hit my brain, I have to write them down or they are quickly gone. I'm glad you appreciated the hub.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 22, 2016:

Manatita, "Get the source right." I like that. Thanks for you thoughts on this poem.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 22, 2016:

I think we all can relate, Chris. I know I sure as hell can. Do I have another coming? Most likely. Best wishes to you and I hope you find the path you deserve when yours comes.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on August 21, 2016:

Hi Chris,

I love your poem ...the style and the interesting topic. I understand exactly what you are sensing is coming. Seems many are feeling that same sense of something about to change in our lives which will be defining. We have a lot of life to live ...until we don't.


manatita44 from london on August 21, 2016:

Great work. Promising. You have an innate spirituality and should you follow this, it will define your moments in a very fruitful and loving way, then you will do what you are supposed to do.

I went to Africa three years ago for three months. My senior in hospital, wrote me a letter in which she said that there was a new girl who would give me a good run for my money. So I wrote back, telling her that I was first and foremost a God-lover, and that if this girl was, then she would be giving me a run for my money indeed.

So life is really that simple. If we get the Source right, all else will flow accordingly. Much Love, my Brother.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 21, 2016:

Ruby, I don't do this very often. Years ago I wrote quite a bit of prose poetry. This one just began forming, so I kept it going. I know it helped me think through some issues. Thanks for taking time to read.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 21, 2016:

Venkatachari M, Thanks for the encouraging comments. The photo is on Wikimedia at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kaka_tells...

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 21, 2016:

Eric, Wowsa Bowsa is always a good reaction. I am very glad you liked the poem. I admire anyone who can put out the really well done poems on a regular basis.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 21, 2016:

Writing poetry is a new adventure for you, isn't it? At least I've never read any poetry from you before. Your subject matter is familiar. We all reach a defining moment when we're unsure which path to take. I am in that mode at the present time. I know I will always write because I love it, but there's more in life to decide on. I have a feeling your defining moment is close for you. I loved your poetry and understood it clearly. Full speed ahead....

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on August 21, 2016:

Very beautiful poetry on the defining moments in life and the flipping of your cards. You are a great writer and can do more so better with full-time writing.

And, your image of that Mumbai cotton mill people rightly suits your topic. I wonder how you get such beautiful matching image.

Wish you good luck in your new journey.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 21, 2016:

Wowsa Bowsa this is great! what a great topic to write about and how well written it is indeed. I can just tell by reading it once -- I am starring this one and will comeback as I think it will give new meaning as I need it. Thanks

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 21, 2016:

John, I'm glad you got here early. It gives me a little more confidence that it is even understandable. I can get very cryptic sometimes. Probably I will take that step someday into full time writing, but not anytime soon. The change I sense coming is a mystery to me. It is just a feeling right now. I appreciate the comment.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 21, 2016:

Ann, thanks for letting me know how this poem came across to you. I only write poetry when an inspiration hits me square. I'm glad it worked for you too.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 21, 2016:

Hey Chris. I agree with everything Ann says. It is great to see you taking a leap of faith and writing a poetic piece. You did well, it is an interesting style and works. If you are thinking of becoming a full time writer you are a brave man and I wish you much success in joining the likes of our talented friend Tony de Lorger. You certainly have the talent. Good luck.

Ann Carr from SW England on August 21, 2016:

What a great analogy, Chris! I didn't realise you could write poetry. This defines well what we feel when taking a jump into the unknown. It is a gamble but it's also a thrill and it's definitely made up of our myriad selves so far. It can apply to anything we decide to change but I get the writing reference.

They rhythm suits well - ups and downs, slow and fast... Well done!


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