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I’m on the inside looking out
as springtime slowly flutters by;
my leisure time is in a drought,
and leaving me to wonder why
I work so hard when end is nigh.

I’m on the inside looking out
as sunshine warms the April day,
and people strolling all about,
and in the park the children play
while in my office I must stay.

I’m on the inside looking out;
the work on desk is stacking high,
and leaving me to have some doubt,
and realize how time does fly
as days and years go marching by.

I’m on the inside looking out;
how much of me does life require?
It may be time that I break out;
it’s downtime that I now desire;
perhaps it’s time I should retire.


March 26, 2018
Contest: Picture This
Sponsor: Joseph May
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Date: 4/11/2018 10:03:00 PM
A delightful read, John. Much enjoyed this one. Congrats on your win.
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John Gondolf
Date: 4/12/2018 4:14:00 AM
Thanks, Line, I appreciate it.
Date: 4/3/2018 6:12:00 AM
Expressed well, John. A relatable spin delivered well of one's overloaded plate, a feeling that doth dwell, in many who can aquate and would like to abate! :) Congrats! ~ Artsie
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John Gondolf
Date: 4/3/2018 6:29:00 AM
Artsie, thanks so much for your comments and taking the time to read my poetry. John
Date: 4/1/2018 10:43:00 PM
Congratulations on your win. I enjoyed your interpretation of this pic.
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John Gondolf
Date: 4/2/2018 3:56:00 AM
Thanks, Susan, I appreciate it. John
Date: 4/1/2018 10:44:00 AM
Enjoy your retirement, should you take it, but keep writing. Congratulations on your win John... Mick
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John Gondolf
Date: 4/1/2018 10:54:00 AM
Thanks, Mick, i appreciate it. I will keep writing as long as people keep reading. John
Date: 4/1/2018 9:16:00 AM
Congratulations for your win John :)
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John Gondolf
Date: 4/1/2018 9:30:00 AM
Thank you, Heidi, I appreciate it. John
Date: 4/1/2018 8:39:00 AM
Fantastic pen for that image John! I love it! Congratulations on your win :) xomo!
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John Gondolf
Date: 4/1/2018 8:53:00 AM
Thank you so much, Maureen, I appreciate it. John
Date: 4/1/2018 8:29:00 AM
- Congratulations on your winning poem, John :) - Enjoy the last days of Easter :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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John Gondolf
Date: 4/1/2018 8:35:00 AM
Thank you so much, Anne-Lise. Happy Easter to you and your family as well. John
Date: 4/1/2018 7:05:00 AM
Looking out "as springtime slowly flutters by...Congrats on your win John
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John Gondolf
Date: 4/1/2018 7:45:00 AM
Thanks so much, Joseph, and that’s for hosting the contest. John
Date: 3/27/2018 8:21:00 AM
Can't help but wonder how much of this well-written poem was attained by your muse from your own desk! How perfect a write for the tax man. I loved it, John. It is beautiful and reminds us that we should work to live, not the other way around. Poetry hugs ... CayCay
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John Gondolf
Date: 3/27/2018 8:32:00 AM
Thank you for your comments my dear friend, I like your saying, "We should work to live and not live to work," I should have a poster made and hang it in my office to remind me to say NO to some of the requests I get. John
Date: 3/26/2018 10:38:00 PM
I LIKE THIS POEM, John. It's very well written and as far as the theme, I think retirement is a great idea...Fiji is great this time of year. Kick back, relax, and enjoy life awhile.
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John Gondolf
Date: 3/27/2018 5:38:00 AM
Thanks so much for your comments, Rhoda, walking on the beach in Fiji is a wonderful fantasy. I appreciate your support and friendship. John
Date: 3/26/2018 8:41:00 PM
OH John, We must think alike in some ways. I too chose this same picture for my inspiration. I just have not posted the poem yet. I love how you put your own spin on that picture. Mine is a different theme. It's so cool to see where people's minds take them with these challenges! Well done!
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John Gondolf
Date: 3/26/2018 9:17:00 PM
Thanks for your comments, Andrea, my poem was spoken from the heart; I really debated whether I was going to post it or not because it is personal. Plus several people said they didn’t care for it. I look forward to reading yours. John
Date: 3/26/2018 8:39:00 PM
John, you said you would write another triolet. Where is your other one? I could not find it here anyway. Let me see this poem here now!!
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John Gondolf
Date: 3/26/2018 9:04:00 PM
It actually wasn’t a Triolet by itself, it was two Triolets together with three haiku... “When Daylight Turns to Dusk”
Date: 3/26/2018 3:51:00 PM
this is wonderful, john! your rhyme is absolutely perfect and you've expressed that feeling of being inside and looking wistfully out so well. as a retiree, i say - you won't regret it when you take the plunge...
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John Gondolf
Date: 3/27/2018 5:31:00 AM
Ilene, thanks so much for your comments and visit, as well as your thoughts on retirement. John
Date: 3/26/2018 3:12:00 PM
A great metaphoric concept for this image.John. My imagery was different but I liked yours better.
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John Gondolf
Date: 3/26/2018 3:42:00 PM
Ralph, thanks for your comments and visit, I appreciate it.
Date: 3/26/2018 7:48:00 AM
Wonderful rhyming with this poem. I hope that you will enjoy the time you are pondering :)
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John Gondolf
Date: 3/26/2018 8:16:00 AM
Heidi, thank you for your comments and visit. I look forward to April 15th when I have more time to ponder. John
Date: 3/26/2018 7:42:00 AM
Open the door and step outside, John. It sounds like you're long overdue. I apologize for not commenting on your poetry more often because you've always visited my writes. I'm just not around PS very much anymore.
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John Gondolf
Date: 3/26/2018 8:06:00 AM
Hi Lin, thanks for the visit and comments. I apologize to you as well; I do find a little time to write but almost no time for reading and commenting. April 15th cannot come soon enough. John