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Author Name: Freebarbinar 6 Comments
Date Added: July 14, 2010 10:07:12 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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"Wasting" Time
I can't seem to remember the last time I sat
in the warm summer sun under a wide-brimmed hat
and abandoned myself to sweet day-dreams,
making big plans and scheming wild schemes.

It must have been at least forever and a day
since I spread a blanket in a thick, cool shade
then lay with my face real close to the earth,
and knew that this hour had more worth
than all the time spent in frantic doing
of things for which my heart felt no wooing.

I wonder;  If I should try again now
to 'waste' a little time, would I still know how,
or has my body and spirit, in a business-like way,
forgotten how to live a lazy summer day?

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Comment By: TrialAnn on September 4, 2010 09:31:24 AM Report
Great visual images in this poem. It's hard to get into the relax mode if you're busy too much. I personally feel guilty when I give myself a break sometimes. I think wasting some time is a great way to decompress. Good work!
Comment By: FreeAmber P on July 17, 2010 12:40:33 AM Report
I want a wide-brimmed hat.  It's nice to slow down and enjoy life once in a while.  I really enjoyed this.
Comment By: FreeThe Bag Lady on July 14, 2010 10:22:43 PM Report
Funny, how we question ourselves on something that used to be 'second nature'.....I believe that somewhere down deep inside that we feel if we "fritter" for ourselves that it is 'wasting time' as you state....Doggone it!  We need to pamper our psyche now and again, and put aside that hint of quilt that we burden ourselves with....I loved the line--"then lay with my face real close to the earth"...Nice work, Barbara...

Margaret...the Baglady

Comment By: TrialThomas R. Ruffin on July 14, 2010 06:24:38 PM Report
As I head to the beach in a day or two this is just the right read to get me in the mood.  Did you mean to cap the C in can't? (line 1, word 2).
Comment By: FreeAfsaneh on July 14, 2010 11:53:48 AM Report
This was very lovely. I think the language abd style of writing is really very good.
Comment By: FreeRobert on July 14, 2010 11:34:49 AM Report
I certianly hope not! Vivid, picturesque I can visualise someone doing just as you describe very calming also enjoyed the read!


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