Buckets

The image for Sadje’s “What do you see?” challenge is quite evocative this week.

There were times when I didn’t want to die because I hadn’t finished the book I was reading yet. However, as any reader knows, we’re never done with all the books we want to read, are we? There were other times when I wanted to stay alive because there was too much money in my bank account; I hadn’t given nearly enough of it away. There were times when I had “travel to France” or other foreign countries on my bucket list, but especially with the way international travel is now (or, heck, domestic travel!), I don’t care much about that anymore.

So, what is on my “bucket list?”

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(this bucket is nice 🙂 )

NOT MUCH!

I hope to put these buckets down,
Their water heavy, shoulders weak.
Though sun outside won’t make me frown
I hope to put these buckets down,
Some shade for resting these feet seek.
Somewhere there is a better town,
I need to throw these buckets down!
Their water heavy, shoulders weak.

(P.S. That triolet was total stream-of-consciousness so if it’s bad, that’s why.)

Hidden Treasure

This is a little silly, but it happened the other day. I may have hundreds of dollars in unused gift cards at this point. For FOWC: Redeem.


Unused
Gift cards waiting
Hidden, to be redeemed:
Forgotten in my old wallet
Now seen.

HOORAY!

woman holding fan of us dollar bills
Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.com

P.S. Before posting this, I was thinking about how I’m kind of surprised I didn’t write anything about Jesus. 🙂 “Redeem” is an easy word to use on that topic. One of the major themes of Christianity is redeeming a broken life (and we all have a broken life to some extent) so that even one’s mistakes, when admitted, can be used for good. (see Romans 8:28). Okay, my sermon is over. 🙂

Careful!

Do you think yourself to be poor?
Based on beauty, or money spent,
Differences are more prominent;
What is in common is much more.

Jealousy’s often misplaced, for
Not every day holds elation:
Behind curated creations,
There’s no one lives without a care.
There’s a condition we all share,
Envy causes isolation.

This is a décima for Ronovan Writes. This week’s word is CARE in the D rhyme spot. Linking with the Writers’ Pantry at Poets and Storytellers United. Happy Sunday!

Ronovan Writes Decima Challenge Image

Valuable Gifts

This is a décima for Ronovan’s prompt, with the word Gift as one of the B rhymes. Quite a timely prompt, obviously. 🙂 This décima took about 3 days to complete, so my brain very slowly revealed this gift to me.

Ronovan Writes Decima Challenge Image

As Advent is a brand-new start,
God is ready to give a gift:
The strength and peace of Christ to lift,
The God of peace will guard your heart.

When shoppers fill a shopping cart,
Remember most of all the why:
Remember what will satisfy
Beyond what fits inside a box.
Sincere and loving care unlocks
Treasures that no money can buy.

Precious and Priceless

This décima is for Ronovan Writes’s challenge. It also is linked with FOWC: Intangible and “What’s the Price?” at Poets and Storytellers United.


Intangible love, inner bliss:
Possibly each life’s major goal,
Enlivening the weary soul,
Precious treasure, it is priceless.

What a tragedy to miss this:
Incomplete sans companionship,
To lift people up when moods dip.
Incomparable is a friend,
Worth more than what many checks send,
Precious — a desert water-sip.

Ronovan Writes Decima Challenge Image

No Coffers Fit in the Coffin

For today’s FOWC, the word is “vitriol.” I was thinking about the idea of wealth and wrote this acrostic. There are also other prompts that I wanted to try to do today, but I’m not getting anything remotely post-worthy.

What can any man take with him, when he
Ends his tenure on Earth? His soul in its condition is
All — no clothes nor masks with which to hide;
Lies become as nothing. Any vitriolic bravado loses its
Teeth, becoming weak, for truth is strong.
Heed this warning before too long.

Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.com

Stream-of-Consciousness

The prompt for today’s SoCS: Pro and Con fits well with DVerse MTB, Stream-of-Consciousness poems. I couldn’t resist! 


The pros and cons of stream-of-consciousness writing:

You can pen whatever happens to be in your brain

Without any sort of editing or strain, you don’t

even need punctuation or rhymes of any particular

Creation — Look, an abrupt change of thought,

I dash — — onto the text next topic my view

Is not myopic but see, a con is maybe,

The poem doesn’t make no sense — well,

That’s my two cents. And two cents can’t buy

Anything these days anyway.

What Is Inevitable

A cherita inspired by FOWC: Inevitable and shared with today’s Writers’ Pantry. Happy Sunday to all.


Take the looming inevitability of death and taxes —

Give back to the community to live longer,
More happily and in memory; better to live forever

With the Holy Trinity in ineffable Heaven —
Caesar can keep his money. It tarnishes eventually.
Give to Caesar what is his, to God what is God’s.