Saturday, April 29, 2017

Y is for YOUR GOOD LIFE AHEAD #PoetryMonth #AtoZ

April #AtoZChallenge and #PoetryMonth
Three goals I had in mind while writing my collection of linked poetry:
1. To celebrate my appreciation of life
2. To experience the process of writing linked poetry, a form of Japanese renshi
3. To give thanks for and better appreciate a life well-lived.
The flowers are a colorful bonus for the #AtoZChallenge
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Y is for 
Your Good Life Ahead
Yellow Flowers:

Unpaid leave; hospital stay
then home; empty-handed, again.
Cupboards lacking
Wallet bare. 
Part-time work, nights
at the old folks home.
Salted crackers and loose tea bags
From the commissary cart. 
One day you will be
rich as Midas, with golden
sunshine gracing the lanai and
mangoes ripening on the shelf. 
Every day, another holiday.
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If you never give up, the ups and downs of life begin to form a pattern where soon the gullies and mountains begin to look more like potholes and molehills. . . with 'lots of plateau' in between.
That's a good thing, right? 


  1. Hi Gail - we should should and need to look forward so we don't feel down, or drag ourselves down ... we can be rich without money - granted we need some .. but there are riches out there. I agree though a pattern of plateauing would help ... cheers Hilary

    1. Yes, Hilary, the day one discovers money is not the answer, but independence is, than everything becomes right with the world. Not perfect, just more even . . . that plateau of calm.

  2. Gail, Sometimes it seems life can kick us when we are down. It is not easy to dig our way back out. I am thankful to be participating in the A to Z Challenge, where I am writing about the beauty surrounding me and a few amazing people I have gotten to know.

    Emily | My Life In Ecuador | Yuletide at the Olón Orphanage

  3. Life's lessons, Emily, can be traumatizing. Surviving to enjoy the beauty is a challenge worth the effort. Thank you so much for visiting today and for writing about the beauty that surrounds you.

  4. I like the idea of plateaus between where we can catch our breath and regroup and find a place of peace. And when we're refreshed, those upward climbs and descents don't feel quite so daunting. Here's to the good life ahead indeed! One that includes lots of lovely flowers as well I hope. :-)

  5. How true, Deborah, that the rest stop at the plateaus of our lives gives us the time to catch our breath and regroup. This is also a good practice for accomplishing individual writing projects to keep from feeling overwhelmed.