My laptop shares a table
with a platter of treats –
different kinds of small pastries
set out for the pleasure of
my fellow patrons
As they come and go from
the tray of goodies, some feel
compelled to make a remark
in light of the choices
they are making.
One congratulates me for
my forbearance; another explains
why it’s ok for her to partake;
a third asks my opinion about
which to choose.
I am amused, but not unsympathetic.
Such choices of no moment
make up so much of life…
But their need to comment
as they go about their choosing
leaves me to ponder
the meaning of choice, free will,
and wonder how truly free it is…
Unable to arrive at a satisfying conclusion,
I end up grateful that I did not feel
compelled to indulge today…
tomorrow might be a different story.