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1/7/2013 6:05:39 AM

On a Lonely Island

Wandered off for mind therapy, browsing
in little shops, delicate roses in delightful
colours, pink enlivened by golden flecks,
overboard with all my thrift, had to have it,
willing to give up all imitation flowers for
these roses like a man who upon finding
a pearl of great value, sells all his other
jewels to acquire the wonderful one

First day back at work, chafing at the bit,
sittingbehind the blinkers closing my eyes
against challenge and adventure outside,
the feelings evoked by admirable deeds
and dreams, tiptoeing through the list of
things to be done, lightly scratching the
surface of the messages about criminals,
surfing through the music on my iPod,
jumping from song to song

The delicate new rose right under my nose,
looking at emails while searching for music
to fit my mood - all becalmed, an impatient
sailor marooned on a lonely island, hoping
for a siren song to lure me on to exciting
times packed with more action and drama
than this peaceful time without meaning:
an Odyssey is what I need…
edited by Margaret Alice on 1/7/2013
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