life changing events happen any day

life changing events happen any day

how fickle is life
always changing
unplanned events
without warning any
sneaking into our day

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Reflecting on life as I age.

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Written on April 10, 2023

Submitted by LinYoest on April 10, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 137
Words 23
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 1, 6

Linda Yoest

I am 70 years old. I used to write poetry quite a bit in my 20s and 30s, but haven't for a very long time. I wrote my favorite poem in 1984 and gave it framed to my parents for Christmas--it was on tracing paper over a drawing I did of a hand. My parents have passed away; the poem hangs over my computer desk. It was published in American Poetry Anthology 1987, Volume VII, Number 1, edited by John Frost. The title is The Element; page 306; my last name at that time was McDonald. It's time to get back to reading--and maybe writing--poetry. more…

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  • lovingempath
    Then my work here is done! Just kidding :)!! Your work touches me in many ways, and I'm learning from you too. I'm happy to have this outlet and to have chanced upon so many friendly and talented people. You are one of my favorites. Can't wait to see what you've got next! 
    LikeReply 11 year ago
    • LinYoest
      So glad you’re kidding! I look forward to reading your poems.

      As for me, I dug out my poetry from years ago (the 90’s) and may put some of them up soon. Some of my favorites are Christmas poems I wrote to my Dad for several years—he used to tease his grandkids about capturing Santa. They are fun poems. Sadly, my favorite may be too long to enter in the poetry contest—but it needs a bit of rewording, so we’ll see. 
      LikeReply 11 year ago
    • lovingempath
      See if you can shorten your favorite (not sure if you can). They sound fun and heartfelt, so I can't wait to see what you decide to enter :)
      LikeReply1 year ago
  • lovingempath
    You captured a simple fact of life and turned it into a poem Linda. I try to do this sometimes, but you are better at it than I am :).
    LikeReply 21 year ago
    • LinYoest
      Thank you, Robin. This one was a fun little poem to craft. I have to say, you and I clearly engage in an exchange of “mutual admiration” for one another’s poetry—your poems are deep and touching, both mentally and emotionally. My own writing is enriched by reading yours. 
      LikeReply 11 year ago


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