Sing a Song of Age with Me

I am eight syllables of rhyme.
A wannabe decimista
addicted to my barista,
tap dancing through life double-time.
Old age is not a paradigm.
I wore polka-dot underwear
during yesterday’s love affair
with life, eating savory tarts,
cotton candy and red hot hearts.
Life’s too fun for a rocking chair.

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Gayle hosts dVerse today and asks us to write a Decima: 10 liner, 8 syllables per line, ABBAACCDDC rhyme scheme. Popular in Puerto Rico, many times decimas are created and sung on the spot in competitions. Think duelling banjoes only with words! Performers are called decimistas. Humorous decimas usually satirize an individual’s weakness or something silly they did. Photo: me a number of years ago at the Boston Pops 4th of July concert.  I do love life! 🙂 Also used for NaPoWriMo Day 21.

32 thoughts on “Sing a Song of Age with Me

    • lillian April 21, 2016 / 10:30 am

      This was a fun one. Good to go light-hearted every once in a while 😊

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  1. Mary April 21, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    Ha, you are right….love is too fun for a rocking chair! There are things to do and baristas to meet and multi-colored underwear to search out. Smiles!

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    • lillian April 21, 2016 / 4:27 pm

      Happy to make you smile today! 🙂

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  2. Glenn Buttkus April 21, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    I believe in working on five projects simultaneously, & to hell with anybody’s rocking chair. I worked for 55 years, & now Me Time garners all my energy & attention; smile.

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    • lillian April 21, 2016 / 4:28 pm

      Ah Glenn — you are prime for my Rejuvenatment Movement! 🙂 Anything but reTIREment! Glad to make you smile.

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  3. Bodhirose April 21, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    Totally fun, Lillian! I love your zest and enthusiasm for life and then putting it down in a poem! 🙂

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    • lillian April 21, 2016 / 4:29 pm

      Live and love — thankful for eveyr day 🙂
      As soon as I read the word “decimista” in the explanation, the word “barista” popped into my head. When that happens, you can’t go any way but lighthearted and fun 🙂

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    • lillian April 21, 2016 / 5:48 pm

      Oh thank you, Gay. I was worried I was being too glib, flippant, humorous. Somehow I’m in this silly stage right now in my writing. So thankful for your reply! 🙂

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  4. Myrna April 21, 2016 / 6:45 pm

    You’d make a wonderful, happy and youthful decimista! Love this.

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    • lillian April 21, 2016 / 10:13 pm

      Thank you! I just loved the sound of the word, decimista! If you google it, you can see some decimistas in competition with each other — they are amazing! Like duelling banjoes with words — impromptu poetry with rules!

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    • lillian April 21, 2016 / 10:13 pm

      ooooh, and in all caps too! Smiling I am. Soooo glad you liked it!

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    • lillian April 21, 2016 / 10:24 pm

      Glad you liked it! Smiling I am.

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  5. kim881 April 22, 2016 / 2:56 am

    Wow Lillian, your decima is so upbeat it has cheered me up this morning! My favourite lines are: I wore polka-dot underwear
    during yesterday’s love affair
    with life,

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    • lillian April 22, 2016 / 6:27 am

      Tipping my morning cup to you! So glad you enjoyed. Always nice to start the day with polka-dot underwear in mind 🙂 Happy Friday!

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  6. lynn__ April 22, 2016 / 10:42 am

    You are a kicker, Lillian! “Decimista” and “barista”…yes, the perfect rhyme 🙂

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    • lillian April 22, 2016 / 12:22 pm

      Smiling I am! Glad you liked it 🙂

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  7. Bekkie April 22, 2016 / 3:10 pm

    Much too fun for a rocking chair, although I do like them! You made me smile with this Lillian.

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    • lillian April 23, 2016 / 9:20 am

      Always happy to hand out smiles. I actually LOVE my rocking chair — just not as a metaphor for life! 🙂

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      • Bekkie April 23, 2016 / 1:09 pm

        I hear you! Now that I’m 60-something I can’t believe how young I still feel. It’s all in the head and lifestyle. Hugs!

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  8. Rosemary Nissen-Wade April 23, 2016 / 5:26 am

    And your poem is fun too. I love your brilliant rhymes.

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    • lillian April 23, 2016 / 1:16 pm

      Many thanks, Rosemary! Such a lovely compliment to read today – smiling I am.
      Confession: I always hated trying to rhyme in my writing — could only think of “roses are red, violets are blue” kind of thing so always did free verse. Then in dVerse, folks mentioned the online rhymind aid (can’t remember its name)….well, that sure opened a whole new door! And it’s quite fun to use — spurs the imagination! 🙂

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    • lillian April 23, 2016 / 6:15 pm

      Thank you, Bryan! Energy is what I aspire to in my rejuvenatement (never say retirement) period of life! 🙂

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      • Bryan Ens April 23, 2016 / 6:30 pm

        “Rejuvenatement” is a wonderful word, and a wonderful perspective to have!

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