Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Forced Early Retirement





I was not planning on retiring my broom and mop
Or putting my feet up, while in the orchard apples drop


But somehow you seduced me with your soft sun-dappled dance
And I could not resist a stroll among my garden plants



Where suddenly my to-do list became a ball and chain
Suggesting I retire from life's laundry-cook-clean-strain


And I could not think of one reason why I should decline
An offer that would allow me a bit of reading-time
 


A sit beneath the blue, blue August afternoon-wide sky
So by reason of flower force and wind-song lullaby


And cricket-serenade permitting, nay, urging I shirk
The rigid line that never strays too far from work-work-work



Thus I retired; no, I had not planned to quit so soon
But I was sweet-talked into it by August’s afternoon

© Janet Martin


I was not planning on retiring my broom and mop
Or putting my feet up, while in the orchard apples drop
But somehow you seduced me with your soft sun-dappled dance
And I could not resist a stroll among my garden plants
Where suddenly my to-do list became a ball and chain
Suggesting I retire from its laundry-cook-clean strain
And I could not think of one reason why I should decline
An offer that would allow me a bit of reading-time
A sit beneath the blue, blue August afternoon-wide sky
So by reason of flower force and wind-song lullaby
 And cricket-serenade permitting, nay, urging I shirk
The rigid line that never strays too far from work-work-work
Thus I retired; no, I had not planned to quit so soon
But I was sweet-talked into it by August’s afternoon

© Janet Martin


...even if it is only a thirty minute retirement... take it, dear girl! 
Before the white wind wails
through a white, white world


5 comments:

  1. Love this! Your poem and the bit of video. Love the sound of the crickets, is it? Glad you retired for the moment and enjoyed your afternoon retreat.

    Happy day,
    Brenda


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    1. :) thank-you! it lasted til a sudden shower had us scrambling to rescue the laundry, but it only takes a few moments for dry laundry to get wet! oh well. you win some, you lose some...

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    2. I forgot to tell you, yes, those are crickets. they crick-crick non-stop day and night! I love it.

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  2. Don't know which I love more, the photos or the writing. Let's call it a tie!

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