Attitude is a Choice

Sum days her mirror reflects the years.
Grooves etched beside eyes,
crevices left from emotional stress.
Blue veined highwayed hands tattle,
leaving behind tremor shaken script.
But open-toed shoes reveal her true self.
Shining sterling peace-sign toe ring,
defiant purple glitter-polish on her nails.

Quadrille written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. Today De is hosting and asks us to use the word “groove” or a form of the word, in our Quadrille (a poem of exactly 44 words, sans title). Image from Pixabay.com

60 thoughts on “Attitude is a Choice

  1. Grace September 6, 2021 / 3:03 pm

    Yes!!! Keep it up – happy, carefree, shining with peace sign !!

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  2. whimsygizmo September 6, 2021 / 3:05 pm

    Goodness, Lill. These lines are just fantastic:
    “Blue veined highwayed hands tattle,
    leaving behind tremor shaken script.”

    So good!

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    • lillian September 7, 2021 / 5:20 pm

      Thank you! Those are my hands…..but those are not my toenails 🙂

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    • lillian September 7, 2021 / 5:20 pm

      I’ve always been partial to glitter!

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    • lillian September 7, 2021 / 5:22 pm

      It does indeed. Sometimes we can’t control what happens to us but we can control how we react to it.

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  3. Jane Dougherty September 6, 2021 / 3:56 pm

    Both you and Merril have peace signs and the colour purple, which must have been the iconic colour of the 1970s!

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    • lillian September 7, 2021 / 5:23 pm

      And there’s a famous poem about “I will wear purple and a red hat” about a woman who is defiant in old age 🙂 Can’t recall the name of it….but it’s a fun one. There has even been “Red Hat Clubs” that have begun in response to the poem. The women go on outings, have lunch etc wearing red hats and purple clothes!

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      • Jane Dougherty September 8, 2021 / 3:21 am

        Jenny Joseph. It’s her most famous poem. A great ode to non-conformity!

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  4. Jo-Anne Teal September 6, 2021 / 3:57 pm

    From the choice of ‘sum days’ to the tips of the toes, loved this. Authenticity continues through life and hers is captured in your delicious words. Wonderful, Lillian!

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  5. Beverly Crawford September 6, 2021 / 4:01 pm

    I love a groovy chick with attitude!

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    • lillian September 7, 2021 / 5:26 pm

      Me too! Once while walking in Bermuda, we came upon an elderly woman who was also out walking and she was literally ensconced in purple! Even to her hair which was a light violet in color! 🙂 And oh my, she gave us a wonderful and cheery hello!

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    • lillian September 7, 2021 / 5:30 pm

      Thank you! So glad you enjoyed.

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  6. Gillena Cox September 6, 2021 / 5:00 pm

    Nice one luv that her toes sparkle purple

    Happy Monday

    Much💛love

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    • lillian September 7, 2021 / 5:31 pm

      Sparkly toes makes looking down happy 🙂

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  7. Bodhirose September 6, 2021 / 5:31 pm

    No matter your age, there’s always a way to express your groovy side!

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  8. writingwhatnots September 6, 2021 / 6:19 pm

    Rebellious toe nails – love this!

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  9. Ron. September 6, 2021 / 9:09 pm

    Very cool. I’m diggin it!

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  10. rothpoetry September 6, 2021 / 10:30 pm

    What a great twist of self-confidence. A woman who defies aging and does it her way! Great poem Lillian.

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    • lillian September 7, 2021 / 5:51 pm

      Glad you enjoyed! Sometimes there’s a sassiness in our independence 🙂

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  11. merrildsmith September 7, 2021 / 6:01 am

    “Blue veined highwayed hands tattle”

    But I love the defiant purple glitter polish! I like her attitude.

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    • lillian September 7, 2021 / 6:02 pm

      I’m always a sucker for glitter!

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  12. Bill September 7, 2021 / 10:02 am

    Oh, yes, Lillian. Mirrors, the bearers of more bad news good news. Great attitude in this poem.

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    • lillian September 7, 2021 / 5:56 pm

      It’s all in the attitude. Many times we cannot control what happens to us (IE the aging process), but we can control our response to it!

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  13. Wild Child47 September 7, 2021 / 10:12 am

    I really loved this line: Blue veined highwayed hands tattle, —- very evocative, as is the poem, showing that the reflected mirror self isn’t really the honest truth – it’s about the spirit, which clearly lives on in the toes/feet – which perhaps, metaphorically, keeps you “grounded” in the groovy! Keep on keeping on!

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      • Wild Child47 September 7, 2021 / 6:14 pm

        😂✌

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  14. SelmaMartin September 7, 2021 / 10:38 am

    Yay, Glitter Polish… another choice! What a lovely poem. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Helen Dehner September 7, 2021 / 1:43 pm

    Think you found a way into my makeup bag …. the only thing that glitters on my person is groovy nail polish and the occasional swipe of glitter lipstick and eye shadow! Thank goodness for makeup foundation to cover unsightly age spots on my hands. Great Quadrille.

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    • lillian September 7, 2021 / 6:06 pm

      I love glitter! Age spots haven’t made their way to my hands yet….but I sure have a highway of blue veins on them and yes….in recent weeks, the hand tremor has appeared. Frustrating as I used to have beautiful script. Oh well….aging is a process and aren’t we glad we’re engaged in it?

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  16. Truedessa September 7, 2021 / 6:44 pm

    A carefree attitude makes a difference . I have a flower toe ring I wear sometimes in the summer. Sounds like a woman who has found her grove.

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  17. Hank Kaykuala September 8, 2021 / 7:00 am

    But open-toed shoes reveal her true self.
    Shining sterling peace-sign toe ring,
    defiant purple glitter-polish on her nails.

    Love the close Lillian. Cleanly and nicely a picture of friendliness at the feet. Funny enough the feet are the ones firstly noticed by others upon approaching them!

    Hank

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  18. ben Alexander September 9, 2021 / 2:40 am

    Sum days her mirror reflects the years.

    simple & ingenious, Lillian. I read that one line several times just because I liked it so much!


    David

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