I choose flat dress shoes instead of stiletto heels.
My balance isn’t what it used to be.
I choose a romance novel or best seller.
Headlines raise my blood pressure
and I don’t want to take another pill.
I choose strolling the well-worn path.
Young people can push the boulders up hill.
I choose biting into a blushing velvet peach,
sectioning an orange takes too long.
I choose creating my own sunshine
on a cloudy rainy day.
I choose to be me.
My age, right here, right now,
with you by my side.

Written for Tuesday Poetics at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets where today Sarah asks us to consider anaphora: a rhetorical device that consists of repeating a sequence of words at the beginnings of neighboring clauses, thereby lending emphasis. She gives us a list of verbs to choose from for the word we’d like to repeat. I selected the word choose.

Also posted, off prompt, to NAPOWRIMO, Day 5.

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15 thoughts on “Choices

  1. Misky April 5, 2022 / 2:05 pm

    Very nice attitude to all this ageing nonsense.


    • lillian April 7, 2022 / 1:56 pm

      Well….when people complain about ageing, I always say, “the alternative is not good!” 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Ron. April 5, 2022 / 2:44 pm

    I choose to stand while applauding this fine work.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Helen April 7, 2022 / 2:19 pm

    Well, well … seems we choose the same ‘all of our favorite’ things!


  4. Gillena Cox April 7, 2022 / 5:24 pm

    Its all about choices. Nice one Lillian. Thanks for dropping by to read mine



  5. sanaarizvi April 7, 2022 / 6:29 pm

    You have my heart with this poem, Lillian! Gorgeous use of language 😀 and I resonate with; “I choose biting into a blushing velvet peach, sectioning an orange takes too long.” Oh yes! ❤️❤️


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