Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Sometimes magnetic poetry is sort of like an Ouija Board…
(Not that I spend a lot of time playing with Ouija Boards.  Even though they are supposed to be a harmless parlor game I was warned by my adolescent friends that they were a tool of Satan and I’m not big on tempting demonic possession since the movies I saw about it scared me.  No, I learned about Ouija Boards by watching a forgettable movie called “Only You” wherein Marisa Tomei spends half her life looking for her soul mate because of a Ouija Board rigged by her brother—but I digress).

Anyway my magnetic poetry occasionally seems to pull thoughts out of thin air and not necessarily my own.


How softly did the young passions,
The brilliant desires sweet as life
Smear into roiled liquid;
Decay into soiled puddles
To become absurd questions
And surreal dreams already gone.

The above is not my present view of life.  It may HAVE been at that point where I realized I was turning forty and I would probably never climb the Matterhorn or become a wing walker. 

No, my view of life is a lot less depressing.  In fact at the present I have a pretty positive outlook.  I’ve made it to grandma status, my arms and legs still work and I don’t miss at all the parts of my brain that have gone missing or into overload.  And since I can’t depend on my brain--and I don’t care--I will share with you some other peoples’ philosophies about being a senior in the final years of the school of life.

“Learn the things you love doing.   If you really want to do them; you’d better do them.  Have it now.  Have it often so when you’re on your death bed there will be less regrets.”  Nora Ephron 1941-2012
For 21 more great Nora Ephron quotes on life go here.

“When we recognize that we don’t have all the time in the world, we see our priorities more clearly--

Live in the moment
Know what’s important
Invest in sure things
Deepen relationships
Savor life” Laura Carsten

“If you ever start taking things too seriously, just remember we are talking monkeys on an organic spaceship flying through space.”  Joe Rogan


susan m hinckley said...

Your magnetic poetry is some of my favorite poetry of yours, Leenie...and I mean that as a true compliment, so I hope it feels like one. Operating under constraints is my favorite way to create, and your magnetic poetry shows that you are brilliant at doing just that.

And thanks for the quotes...I needed those!

Linda Sue said...

Awesome post Ms. Leenie, Love your magnetic poetry ALWAYS! There is still time for wing walking, by the way...
The ouija board- nothing good ever came of it! Seems to be an invitation for sludge sewer freaks in the nether world to come in and have a seat. It is a lot like the chanting of nom nyoho rengay keeyo thing...bad juju.
but that is another story... Love this post and YUP, got to do what we do- life isn't getting any longer, younger, easier...Want to go to London with me???

Buttons Thoughts said...

Oh you are very wise my friend. I love this post it speaks volumes to me.
I think we should not have regrets. Oh yeah and the monkeys nice touch :) B

Pearl said...

I love magnetic poetry. The things that present themselves, almost unbidden...

And yes. Monkeys. :-)


CarrieBoo said...

Wow, your poetry is so good. Those magnets are really working for ya. I started realizing that a lot lately, that it was no good drinking my life away, sat on my arse, so now I still sit on my arse but I write instead of drink (mostly).

Ouija... hehehehee... memories. :)

Maude Lynn said...

I love that magnetic poem!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Love the moments that you are living:)

Terry and Linda said...

I'm soooooooooooo glad I'm not 20 , or 30 or even 40 again. 50 maybe, but right now is nice for me.


laurak/ForestWalkArt :) said...

magnetic poetry! i like that...constantly changing thoughts...words...

great quotes...all very meaningful...and good words to live by! :)

Carla said...

The poem sounds very much like young love to me.
As for the thoughts on aging---I'm at a place in my aging where I feel stuck (nothing interests me, just going through the motions, fear aging). Your post gave me some quotes to place about the house to remind me that I must keep moving.