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Bucket List

Facing my own mortality,
Paralyzed from the neck down,
If I didn't have surgery.

I couldn't absorb what the doctor said.
Oh how I panicked, I couldn't breathe
And likely to faint right on the floor.
"Kick the bucket" entered my mind.
Time taken or time remaining-

A bucket list is a list of the "to dos"
To be checked off, marked as complete.
A wake-up call was in order,
To reclaim my life and to live authentically.

This only emboldened me to go on.
It inspired me to write poetry.
Four months ago I penned my first one.
Still wearing my neck brace, I continue to write.
 
I now experience in the here and now.
It's easy to regret the roads not taken.
Creating a better ending is what I'll do.

I've reconsidered my notions of time.
Waiting is risky, the future is always uncertain.
Time is truly precious to me.


Connie Gildersleeve
02/20/2013

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

  1. Date: 3/21/2013 7:33:00 PM
    Congratulations Connie.....wonderful....:-)

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 3/22/2013 9:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Your comment means a lot. Thank you for the congrats. Warm Smiles, Connie
    Jones Avatar Donna Jones
    Date: 3/21/2013 7:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Future is always uncertain and we need to live as though every day is our final list...blessings
  1. Date: 2/22/2013 12:50:00 PM
    Never put off for tomorrow what you can do today ;) Light & Love

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/22/2013 3:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You can say that again. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 2/22/2013 12:40:00 AM
    wow, a very powerful entry to the contest, Connie. You have gained a real appreciation of what life is all about. this is an awesome entry into the contest.

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/22/2013 7:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Andrea for your much appreciated comment. My motto: what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. I should be as strong as the Haulk by now. Lol, warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 2/21/2013 3:28:00 AM
    Wishing you a great time... and best of luck for your entry in the contest with this poem ........ :-)

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/21/2013 9:56:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for stopping by and your comment left. Much appreciated. connie
  1. Date: 2/20/2013 9:11:00 PM
    Well done Conne both to you as a person and to your poetry.....Seren

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/21/2013 9:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for your lovely comment and for stopping by. Much appreciated. Connie
    Roberts Avatar Seren Roberts
    Date: 2/20/2013 9:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Connie*
  1. Date: 2/20/2013 7:55:00 PM
    God perspective. Seems like there is always a way to become a better person.

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/21/2013 9:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Isalah for your comment and for stopping by. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 2/20/2013 7:49:00 PM
    This is so touching my friend, I really enjoyed reading this amazing poem this evening! You have enthralled me with this creative piece, what a fantastic poem, Great Work!!

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/21/2013 9:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Russell for your lovely comment and for stopping by. Much appreciated. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 2/20/2013 4:23:00 PM
    Time is..........wonderful poem....

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/20/2013 4:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Donna for your comment. Much appreciated. Warm Smiles, Connie