My Finest Fifty
I thought fifty words were way too long a list
to describe oneís finest attributes,
but, being quick and eager to face the challenge,
I started by alphabetizing a list
of my best qualities.
Too modest to just put together a grocery list of boastful traits,
I wanted to emulate my favorite poet, Walt Whitman.
I wished for it to be creative and add an artistic flair
to the list to show how witty my free spirit could be
in free verse.
As a perfectionist,
I had to look up the word attribute.
It is an essential quality or characteristic of a person
that shows their manner of thinking, behaving,
My poetic and joyful nature
wanted it to be friendly and generous
while keeping it real, honest and unique.
Impulsive, a good trait, when you mix in gentleness
tempered by being patient and thoughtful
actions can move mountains.
My childlike wonder at nature is endearing, but is offset
by being childish and selfish when it comes
to getting what I want.
Born under the sign of Virgo,
Iím supposed to be virtuous and spiritual,
which I am,
and also lovable and sensual
with plenty of romantic ideas
about the effects of chocolate
on the chocoholic in me.
Itís a good thing that I am athletic and active enough
to work the calories off by being musically
and rhythmically inclined to dance away the hours.
Open to new ideas and new people
created my outgoing cooperative personality
with a small measure of maturity thrown in
balanced with youthful enthusiasm.
Trusting soul, that I am, I believe in a higher power.
Religious, in my own way, with a serene disposition,
but humble and confident in my marriage.
My husband loves me for my kind-heartedness
and humorous way and he thinks
I am smart.
By staying healthy and nurturing
him to be the same, my loyalty is given.
I am literally a natural woman
who keeps young by being curious about everything.
What else can I say?
I canít help but be a dreamer.