My Room

My Room

Papers on the desktop, laptops on the bed,
sticky notes for everything I can’t store in my head:
birthdays of my family, phone numbers of friends–
all the things I need to buy, the listing never ends.
Shoes up on my night table because my new dog chews
everything that he can reach; but, especially, shoes!
Two alarm clocks, one for me for when I must get up,
the other for the medicine I must give the pup.
Stacks of books and manuscripts finished and unfinished,
and an empty Kleenex box I know should be replenished.
Flashlights, lanterns, batteries–for when the power goes out.
In the rainy season, it will happen—have no doubt.
Closets crammed from wall-to-wall with sizes twelve to grander,
I’d probably have a lot to wear if I could get a gander
at what’s inside but I’m afraid it won’t be happening soon;
for thoughts of organizing it make me want to swoon!
Many pictures on the wall and bookshelves full of books,
sculptures on the mantel, in crannies and in nooks.
There’ll be a new addition in about a minute,
for my room is not completed until I am in it!

For the dVerse Poets prompt: Rooms.

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About lifelessons

My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

38 thoughts on “My Room

      1. Nabeela

        You are doing great…. I like organized people…. I am trying to be one…. But with this little guy around, I don’t want to push myself now….

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Yes.. it is my room..although I’m not sure whether that was meant to be a hope or a how!! Either way, thanks for the comment, Sadje. I’ve just written to your picture prompt. I love that scene. Very evocative.

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  1. SAM VOELKER

    I really like both your poem and your little cave, Judy. As for “stuff”, I think that you win hands down, but then I may have more places to hide mine, except for the books which are all over the place.

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      1. SAM VOELKER

        I have seen your Studio, but it was only a limited modern electronic equivalent to a rotogravure, and it looked like you had given it a spiffing up, especially for it’s exposure to oglers like me, in this curious world.

        Now mine looks like yours at about noon on Thursdays; just after Maria leaves, but in an hour or two I have things back where I can find them and relax once again. My secrete is that no one is allowed looking into my “walk in closet”, or “work shop” (where you can’t really walk or work) Maybe I should call them “climb in spaces”, where I keep my “stuff”.

        I noticed you had one of Barbara Kingsolver’s three pound books on you side table. She has had an interesting background of preparation for her journalistic writing. See I am a bit nosy, when it comes to books~!

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        1. lifelessons Post author

          I made and gave to Barbara Kingsolver a retablo based on The Lacuna. I got a letter from her that stated that she had put it on the window ledge in the kitchen opposite the entrance to her house. She said every person who entered would look at it and then realize it was about The Lacuna, and say, “How did this come about?” She said she always answers, “Magic!” I met her in San Miguel which is where I gave her the retablo. Unfortunately, I have lost the letter!

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      No the thought of carrying everything out exhausts me. I think of getting rid of books but it is like expunging family members.. can’t do it. Even my husband’s books which I never read.. or have already read.

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  2. SueW

    Sorry to ask, as it may be obvious to those who know your home, is this a bedsitter, a bedroom, or is it your lounge/living room ?

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