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My Non-bucket List

I have no terribly strong ambitions and no burning desire to do something totally new. I’ve seen, heard, smelled, tasted and felt so many things. As a child I daydreamed. Today such dreams are rare. The wisdom of the “ages” has proved to me the futility of dreams too high, for I have learned by now that if I had truly wanted the fantastic things I’d once desired, surely I’d have fought and gotten them by now. And when I think of it, I did manage to achieve some measure of success with poetry, having wished once upon a time to be able to write as did my beloved mentor - hundreds upon hundreds of poems! I live the fantasy of life vicariously through movies! If I had any kind of bucket list, I suppose it would be to watch every good movie ever made and every one that will be made in the future! However, that cannot be a suitable item for a bucket list when I am always watching movies anyway to achieve that goal! I am satisfied with life. Even on a bad day, I am thankful for small comforts, my home and family, friendships, poetry, the many pets I’ve loved, the joy of simple pleasures such as music, books and food, past experiences, future plans, and the daily routines I enjoy. And so I search my mind to know what would be on my bucket list, but I honestly can’t say. I have only this to say about the “bucket”: I hope I might learn how, in the end, to painlessly *kick it! * For those who don’t know: To kick the bucket means to die. Written by Andrea Dietrich For Frank Herrera's Bucket List Contest

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  1. Date: 5/27/2013 5:13:00 PM
    What a wonderful attitude you have, Andrea. And how beautifully you can express it.-Red

  1. Date: 4/11/2013 9:41:00 AM
    Andrea, your poetry is just simply the best. I aspire to be able to create such works of art. Love this poem! Also, I am new to the site and the first contact I had here was "Liege". He strongly suggested to read your work. Love it. Karen

  1. Date: 4/2/2013 11:48:00 PM
    Well this sounds a lot like me,,,, if I really want something I go after it. Now and for most of my life I wanted to see into the other realms ;} I see you put it to a contest. As I read below I think it won ;} Thank you for reading Remember Us. Must be hard for her to hear he doesn't remember his wife.She is a good egg;}

  1. Date: 3/26/2013 7:30:00 AM
    Yes, the confessions of a contented soul here. Love the way you are so seldom negative. So much of poetry is negative. Your readers will be either jealous or uplifted. In either case you have communicated well. Love, daver

  1. Date: 3/23/2013 2:53:00 PM
    Congrats. I like this

  1. Date: 3/22/2013 4:13:00 PM
    Andrea, Congratulations in the "Bucket list" contest. always~ Linda

  1. Date: 3/22/2013 10:08:00 AM
    congrats on your win Andrea

  1. Date: 3/22/2013 7:29:00 AM
    Honest thoughts AD and I love how you ended it--clever twist! I couldn't come up with one for this one!

  1. Date: 3/22/2013 6:12:00 AM
    I really liked your bucket list poem, Andrea. Congrats!

  1. Date: 3/21/2013 8:02:00 PM
    *He has the most who is most content with the least* Love your positive attitude Andrea. Lovely write! hugs

  1. Date: 3/21/2013 7:32:00 PM
    Congratulations Andrea....this is an awesome non-bucket list...Donna

  1. Date: 3/21/2013 1:59:00 AM
    LoL, this is the way to do it' Sandyivy

  1. Date: 3/20/2013 5:40:00 PM
    Interesting way to go with the theme of My Bucket List...I haven't given it too much thought but I need to make a list of things that I might could do and try to do some of them before it is too late..Thanks for stopping by..Sara

  1. Date: 3/20/2013 4:15:00 PM
    This is a wonderful poem! You've captured exactly the feelings that most have as we age. And I absolutely agree with "kick it." Jack

  1. Date: 3/20/2013 12:41:00 PM
    This is a great motto! Jen

  1. Date: 3/19/2013 4:36:00 PM
    Drop by drop, your bucket's filled with moments over flowing. That's why you have a heart so full and light beautifully glowing. The validation code was 54rj. Thats my initials and my age. Just kinda interesting. :)

  1. Date: 3/19/2013 8:11:00 AM
    even when you "kick the bucket", your words will still remain...enjoyed!;)

  1. Date: 3/19/2013 3:35:00 AM
    Andrea a great honest poem, we also call it 'slipping off the dish' sorry comments are rare these days but time is very limited here, hope you are well....David

  1. Date: 3/19/2013 1:26:00 AM
    Andrea; I love this poem. I think it's great that you are able to write like this. I especilly like the stanza - I'm Satisfied with life. I know all about kicking the bucket. I want to do it with dignity and in my sleep. Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem. Lucilla Soupmail

  1. Date: 3/19/2013 12:25:00 AM
    I think Frank is going to love this beauty.How happy life can be when we are grateful for all we have and we are not ambitious ..I love your original take on sweet lady..You are one granted wish in ny bucket list..Having you as a friend makes me feel blessed..big hug