The Rocking Chair

She gathers her thoughts as she rocks in the chair
And stares out the window into the thin air
Alone with the memories that dance in her mind
The old clock is ticking, devouring her time

Her past and her future collide in midair
She holds onto hope as she tries to prepare
With each rock back and forth, tears fall from her eyes
If only she'd known just how quickly time flies

Her spirit has broken no time for repair
She folds her hands tightly and whispers a prayer
The angels assemble and come to her side
While the rocking chair sings its last lullaby

About this poem

I wrote this for my mother. While visiting with her one day she said to me, “ Appreciate life now before you find yourself sitting in a rocking chair, staring out the window, and watching life pass you by.” Her words inspired me to write this poem.

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Written on March 04, 2022

Submitted by BetsyStephens on May 06, 2022

Modified on May 03, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 544
Words 106
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4

Betsy Wokersien Stephens

Betsy spent her career working as a hairdresser. Now retired, she draws many of her writing inspirations from the years sharing life stories with her clients while they sat in the chair of her salon. Through each event celebrated, tragic event mourned, and secrets divulged, she gained an awareness of the much larger picture that exists outside her own perceptions and life experiences. more…

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  • Jim522
    it spoke to me on a deeper level than the others
    LikeReply 12 years ago


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