By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet
Here is a lively, quirky poem celebrating everyday joys by Cleo Johnson.
Cleo is a retired teacher, a grandmother, an avid bicyclist, world traveler, and a member of the Tuesday Writers. She is a frequent contributor to Literary Hook.
On Any Given Day
On any given day, if you wanted
to, you could win the lottery
if you bought a ticket and
kept it, you could get married if you had
the desire, you could write a book, you could
conceive a child, love a neighbor, ride your
You could clean your
house, eat sweet corn on the back
porch, if you wanted to. Or you could talk
to your wife, husband or child, maybe play cards
with the neighbor or go on a long
walk if it was warm or if it was cold,
if you wanted to.
Eventually, the time will come
when you will fade gradually or quickly
away, even if you don’t want to.
On any given day!
Cleo Johnson—March, 2011
From the May 18-24, 2011 issue