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Guests, of a Sort

I wake up to find
a few aches and pains
have followed me into the new day;
a stiff joint, an odd discomfort,
from origins unknown

I try to connect the unwanted guests
with, perhaps, foolish exertions
from the day before
that may have caused them

Still, I am grateful
for the parts of my body,
entities really, as I have come to know them,
that give me no trouble this day

Thankful that they allow me to be here
to see you again in morning’s early light
and find the blue in your eyes
that always welcomes me there

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Woke up the other day with some aches and pains, but wanted to focus on my gratitude for all the better things I have. This seemed to capture my feelings, but would be interested in your thoughts on this popular topic, whether written about or not, among our middle aged colleagues, lol!
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Hi, Michael,
What a magic pen you have! When reading this, I immediately could relate and felt the generous humor. And then, when reading on, I felt the gentleness and gratitude. With a little change in its first line, your last stanza could be a poem itself - so beautiful!
Thank you!
L

So kind, and glad you enjoyed this piece L! I really liked your suggestion about the last stanza, so maybe something like this:

I wake up thankful to be here
to see you again in morning’s early light
and find the blue in your eyes
that always welcomes me there

Thanks for the visit and inspiration!

Best

Michael Anthony

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Breathtaking...
L

i'm 46 does that class me as your middle aged collegue? LOL who cares, i hear you, i have the same aches and pains in my legs and back. its the weather, so i'm told, i often walk up hills and i use my bike however i'm not going to lie some days i feel old! lol you always include many things in your poems and they are also a most enjoyable moment of my day except now i need to go take a painkiller. lol only teasing you as usaual. and yes your last stanza just makes me smile, who cares about aches and pains when you are besides those blue eyes.

Thank you...Teddy

46 is close enough for this club Teddy, LOL! Glad you like this one, and your thoughts are always appreciated - be well!

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Michael Anthony

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This reminds me of a skill I learned in a meditation group - to acknowledge and welcome these kinds of pains so as not to add suffering to the original pain. There was probably something more nuanced to the skill that I've forgotten. I'd suggest that if you're going to commit to gratitude you leave the title simply as "Guests."

Thanks for the visit Arrow! I have never been one to welcome pain, in any of its forms. Perhaps a failing in my personal development. However, I have always valued and understood pain as an impetus for creativity. It's a wellspring I tap into often.

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Michael Anthony

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said to be a Valentine's Day poem to your body as you look into the mirror! ~ Geez.
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Announcing the new chatroom! I will be hosting a chatroom on Saturday nights
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Thanks Geez, I like this thought. Mirrors always tell the truth, but the trick is for us to see it through our eyes. Thank you for taking the time, and I hope to join you on one of your Saturday Neopoet gigs soon.

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Michael Anthony

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