Thursday, February 22, 2018

Self Talk

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

in the brief minutes
between darkness and sunrise
possibilities seem endless.
change my latitude, attitude  
I have grown complacent
too comfortable with routine
avoiding risk ~ rattling cages
{in a former life, my claim to fame}  
deep breaths, Helen 
follow the sun, regroup
then change again 
should it suit you 


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

  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.

  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.

  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.

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

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

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

  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.


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

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

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

  12. Beautiful darling. I need to regroup!


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

  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.

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