Literary Hook: Poem: The joy of being ‘unimportant’

Christine Swanberg

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

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