March 3, 2015

This afternoon, while running on the treadmill, I happened to look up just as a commercial was finishing on the TV screen. Every now and then, even a commercial can be inspiring. It was an ad for life insurance. The slogan read, “Life is knowing what you live for.” That gave me a lot to think about as I pounded out the last half mile.

If life is knowing what you live for,

Then I live for the complicated, messy love of family.

I live for messages from my children.

Phone, texts, emails, cards, memories of laughter.

Especially snap chats.

I live for “I love you, Grandma.”

If life is knowing what you live for,

Then I live for Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff.

In any order, day or night.

I live for sister time.

I live for learning new words and word origins.

I live to learn about new discoveries in science.

Especially brain science.  Or the universe.

I live for wildlife sightings and natural surprises.

I live for poems, memoirs, and Chapter 13 of East of Eden.

I live for Stephen who didn’t get to live past 22.

I live for my parent’s hands which blessed me.

If life is knowing what you live for,

I’m pretty sure I know.


7 comments on “March 3, 2015

  1. rachel reads says:

    Lovely poem! It’s funny how sometimes such mundane things like commercials can cause such a strong reaction. Maybe I will attempt writing poetry in my mind while logging miles on the treadmill…thanks for sharing this slice! #sol15

  2. Cathy Sankey says:

    I loved your poem. It is wonderful to read a post and discover connections. I also love poetry, especially British romantics, and classical music, especially Back and Dvorak. Great writing!

  3. litcoach64 says:

    Love your poem! I feel like I know you!

  4. Jen says:

    What a beautiful poem! I could envision this poem being a great mentor text!

  5. Love the use of repetition and how that repetition is disrupted by the novel statement. Great balance.

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