Literary Hook: ‘I Want the Time’: Poem shares the desire to slow down

Christine Swanberg
Christine Swanberg

By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet

A few days ago, a dear friend was ruminating about whether she should or could retire. Here is a poem expressing the desire for a less structured and more leisurely life.

I Want the Time

I want the time to slow things down,

meander through a Wisconsin town,

dilly dally the morning away,

read romances on a rainy day.

I want the time to make new friends,

lollygag around, run errands:

farmers’ markets, hardware stores,

libraries, antique shops galore.

I want the time to write a book,

perhaps a letter to Amy Zook,

bake a chocolate cake from scratch,

make sure that my pillows match.

I want the time to pamper pets,

do what I love with no regrets,

pen a poem, steep some tea,

take the time to trim a tree.

I want the time to clean my home,

finally tackle that enormous tome,

spend some time with a manatee,

try my hand at calligraphy.

I want the time to tend the garden:

tulips, lilies, slice of heaven.

Hanging baskets on the patio,

Patsy Kline on the radio.

I want the time to decorate

and let my skin exfoliate.

Grapevine garlands, wreaths hand wound,

yarrow, rosebud, hound’s tooth round.

I want the time to think about

the people I can’t do without.

I want to give them more of me

and know the best is yet to be.

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.

Posted Nov. 18, 2014

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