Prompt : Pleasure
Device : Anaphora (repetition of a word/phrase at the beginning of a line)
Lists for shopping – bread, milk and jam
Lists for camping – torches, hat, billy can
Lists of party invitees – Robert, Jill and Sam
Lists have their place,
They free brainspace –
Lists to do before you die.
The bucket list’s the trend.
Check, a show on west end
Check, the northern lights
Check, Egyptian sights
Check, a polar bear, French cycle, Machu Picchu trek
Check, Check, Check.
But what if you should die before the list’s complete?
Do you lie on death’s bed with thoughts of rank defeat?
Or worse, the list’s through, well before your dying day
Is there nothing left to live for? Will your life just slip away?
Lists they don’t account, for the unbidden and the free,
A yellow moon, a friend’s smile, a perfect sip of tea.
A small gift wrapped with love and care
That funny story just made to share
So let life’s pleasures be
and leave the
Lists for shopping.
Lists for camping.
Lists for party invitees.