Wasted Talent

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would
not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’”
– Erma Bombeck

But what if you stood before Him
at the close of your moments
still stuffed with
unused talents?

Only a few bits used up
That is very wasteful
says God
I could have given those
To someone else
But I wanted you to have them
I thought you could do something with them

Sorry God, you say sheepishly, scratching your head
I always thought I’d start using that one day

Well, what will we do with all this good stuff now?
And He blows through your
soul and all of the scraps of
what could have been
would have been
should have been
(if only you’d had enough time)
(if only you’d stopped with the excuses)
(if only you’d just started)

tremble back down to earth
unsuspecting humans
absorb a bit of you
while hurrying on their way
suddenly filled with shiny new thoughts


Felicia Zuniga has a Master of Journalism degree from Carleton University and a BA Honours English from the University of Calgary. She has been published in literary journals, newspapers, magazines and online publications. She lives in Calgary with her husband and two young sons, www.feliciazuniga.com.

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