Thursday, February 22, 2018

Self Talk

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life"
Mary Oliver ~~

~ written as a one-sided conversation, for a silent, even disinterested audience ~




In the brief minutes
between darkness and sunrise
possibilities seem endless.
<  change latitude, new attitude  >

I have grown complacent
too comfortable with routine
avoid risk ~ no rattling the cages
<  in a former life, my claim to fame  >

Deep breaths, Helen 
follow the sun
regroup, get it right
<  and change again, if it suits you >

   



For Kerry and the Toads





19 comments:

  1. I love this, Helen! I like the comments from yourself to yourself.

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  2. You remind me of myself. I am retired and have yet again, reinvented myself.I like the second stanza especially. It has a ring of J. Alfred Prufrock about it.

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  3. I love the authentic voice, the effect of parenthesis too. It is all very well done, and the message comes through as clear as daylight. Don't ever stop being you.

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  4. I like ig, Helen. I think in that life you were a small worm, carried everywhere you wanted to go by a big red bird.
    ..

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  5. You had me at "possibilities seem endless"..a most gorgeous poem, Helen 💖

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  6. Reinventing yourself is definitely recommended. ...it keeps the heart pumping and changes the view😊

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  7. I'm in that process... though sometimes I feel that I'm being changed rather than changing myself

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  8. I really like this, and I bet a lot of people can identify. It really is easy to "get comfortable" I sometimes feel like it is my turn to slow down, be taken care of. And then I feel some stubbornness, that I can and will push on.

    Jane

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  9. I need to shake up that "complacent too comfortable" vibe also

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  10. Dearest Helen,
    Changing latitude is often a good thing and equally beneficial is to follow the sun!
    Lovely poem...
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  11. This is perfect - love the hint of yesterday and the possibility of changing again (if you feel so inclined)...

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  12. Beautiful darling. I need to regroup!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  13. I am a creature of habit, risks are for someone else. Loved your write.

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  14. Hello gorgeous Helen (look at that stunning photo of you below - wowza woman!!). I think its ok to be complacent for a while but a good shakeup every now and then is reinvigorating and the after effects can last a while. I hope you and your family are well. Lease you have some sunshine at this time of year to look forward to as well.

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  15. I actually feel this poem... wear it about my very own shoulders a bit. Hope all is well with you, Helen!

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