Three poems today. The first one titled, the others, not. Three different poetic forms. If you’ve never tried poetry, give my friend Susan’s site a look. Just pick one that looks like fun and give it a try. You can play with these all year, not just in April.
I believe in the power of self,
The right to find one’s own path,
The need to be alone,
The necessity of failure,
The power of success,
travel, good food, and fine wine.
But not in soul-sucking meaningless work, just to keep body and soul together.
I believe in the joy of a task well-done.
I believe in equal measures of work and play.
I believe in education,
spirituality, love, and sheer kindness,
And I believe that everyone deserves more than one chance.
Help plants grow,
Wash them away,
Or bring sweet relief from a sunny day.
The clouds fill the sky, all black, ominous,
Then fat drops fall,
Plop in dust,
It’s been over forty years since we met.
It’s been a lot of miles, too.
Our wedding, of course, friends gathered round us.
Then to Germany, A daughter born,
then Virginia, Italy, and South Carolina.
On to England where our little girl became a young woman.
Arguments, travel for fun, rotating shifts, being so tired.
It’s all been part and parcel of our lives.
Retirement, staying in one place for over a decade.
Moving once more to a place warm and bright,
Where nearly another decade has come and gone.
It’s been worth it. Every hard day. Every good one.
All worth it. With you.