Choices At My Age . . .

. . . my to-do list is
much too mundane to do.
* Laundry
* PT exercises
* Vacuum
* Clean out drawers

So I sit, pen in hand
page patiently waiting to be filled,
inscribed with delectable words.
Words like bubblicious,
fantasia, pomegranate,
or perhaps persimmon.

Images dormant in my mind,
clamor to appear on the page.
Orange sherbet sun,
shapeshifter clouds.
Raucous carousel horses
racing round and round a blurred world.

Shall I take my pen in hand?
Or grasp that vacuum’s wand.
Consider the choice.
Attack cobwebs in corners of the house?
Nope. Not today.
Much more productive
to clear cobwebs from my brain!

Posted for Open Link Night LIVE at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe.

Come join us LIVE between 3 and 4 PM EST today, Thursday Jan 19th by clicking here……and then clicking on the link provided on the post. You’ll be connected to audio and video to meet folks across many time zones and countries. Come to read a poem of your choice OR just to listen!

We’ll also have OLN LIVE on Saturday January 21st from 10 to 11 AM EST. Click here and then click on the link provided for Saturday’s session. Hope to see many of you!

25 thoughts on “Choices At My Age . . .

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) January 19, 2023 / 3:02 pm

    Yay… sounds wonderful to really clear the real cobwebs.
    The pace sounds so different from what I enjoy in my work.

    A colleague retired today and he said he wanted to be like his mother who nowadays was stressed when she had a dentist appointment and a hairdresser in the same week.


    • lillian January 19, 2023 / 5:20 pm

      Yes indeed….which is why I call it rejuvenatement (never retirement). Free time to choose what to do….and forget the mundane!


  2. msjadeli January 19, 2023 / 3:58 pm

    Lillian, sounded good read aloud. Nice to “see” you at dVerse LIVE today. Thanks for hosting. Hoping to get the bugs worked out of participating. Would like to participate over my computer rather than the phone.

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    • lillian January 19, 2023 / 5:21 pm

      So good to have you with us, Lisa. I loved your poem about your rosemary plant and so fun that you could take us on a quick journey to really see the plant! YES! hope you come to OLN LIVE often!

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      • msjadeli January 19, 2023 / 6:20 pm

        Thanks much, Lillian.


  3. merrildsmith January 19, 2023 / 4:00 pm

    It was wonderful to hear you read this.
    I often “procrastinate with poetry.” It’s much more fun to clear those cobweb away than to do anything else.🙂

    Thank you for hosting!

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    • lillian January 19, 2023 / 5:22 pm

      So good to have you at OLN LIVE today! A fun group of 14! Loved hearing you read as well.

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  4. rothpoetry January 19, 2023 / 4:26 pm

    You did a great job hosting our live meeting today! I twas great to see everyone. I loved your poem. You are right poetry is what keeps us going!

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian January 19, 2023 / 5:23 pm

      Always good to see you at OLN LIVE, Dwight! I do enjoy hosting…and fun to hae 14 today! We’ll see how many come on Saturday…..good to see some new faces as well. And yes! From now on, I’ll ask folks to identify where they are as they read aloud! Good idea….I did that once a long time ago…will have to do again!

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  5. sanaarizvi January 19, 2023 / 4:37 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous poem Lillian! 😍 I so enjoyed the humor in this one. Thank you for hosting such a lively and fantastic Oln Live session today! Here’s hoping Saturday is twice as fun! ❤️❤️

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    • lillian January 19, 2023 / 5:24 pm

      Always happy to add a bit of humor to the readings! Thanks as always for all your help. Having you there gives me the confidence needed to host. Glad you enjoyed my poem. Saturday’s will have quite a different tone!

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      • sanaarizvi January 22, 2023 / 8:57 am

        You’re most welcome! That’s what friends are for! 🥰🥰


  6. Ingrid January 19, 2023 / 9:08 pm

    This is such a fun poem, Lillian – I found myself cheering with you as you read. I would always choose words over housework!


  7. Tricia Sankey January 19, 2023 / 11:14 pm

    This resonates! 😆 A fun read and so happy you picked up the pen for us all today! 🖤✒️🖤

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  8. Brendan January 21, 2023 / 6:13 am

    Choices here remind me of my meditations on late work and what there is left to do when time no longer is money. (Not that I ever made that much serving Mammon.) Write a poem, clean the litter box, listen to the wife drone on & try to remember angels are still at work. Amen and ahem.


  9. kim881 January 21, 2023 / 11:15 am

    I love that photo of you, Lill! I also enjoyed reading your poem, a couple of days late, but I got there in the end. I too have a mundane list, which I managed to tick off before the Open Link Live this afternoon. Great words to write a poem with too, and the raucous carousel horses made an appearance.

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    • lillian January 21, 2023 / 11:17 am

      So good to see you at OLN LIVE. Hoping drs find cause of bruising and all is good…feel better soon and in the meantime, be gentle with yourself and as my therapist taught me, expect the best. ❤️


      • kim881 January 21, 2023 / 12:52 pm

        Thank you so much Lill. xxx


  10. kaykuala January 21, 2023 / 8:29 pm

    Much more productive
    to clear cobwebs from my brain!

    There is always joy in sharing and your writings are wonderful, Lillian! The ‘mundane’ chores can wait!



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