By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet
Here is a quirky sonnet that celebrates retirement and the joys of being older.
The Joy of Unimportance
Let us praise the joy of unimportance,
the gentle sway of leisure, like lilacs
bending in the May breeze. Let’s take a chance —
let the day lie before us on its back,
cozy and inviting as a hammock
strung between two big trees with canopies
or a quilted blanket, a picnic, and Bach.
Why not? We’re a couple of jalopies
in our sixth decade with no need to rush.
Like wild geraniums, we unfold
in mornings, click ice cubes at evening’s hush.
Ah, everything’s important when you’re old:
sun, rain, birds, ferns, clogged drain, mail — all equal.
We no longer have to please all people!
Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet. She received the Lawrence E. Gloyd Community Impact Award at the 2012 Rockford Area Arts Council State of the Arts Awards.
From the July 17-23, 2013, issue