I have reached an age where I don’t mind exposing my strangeness, and if you are among my breed of writers, you know how we must bare our souls in print. If, that is, we are to write anything compelling, poignant or interesting. There’s not much nuance to this straight forward piece, and I was in a nostalgic state of mind when I wrote it. I just hope some of you will relate to “Bucket List”.
Don’t know how many days until that bucket stubs my toe,
But I know there’s lots of things I want to do before I go.
Though life can be real tough there’s softness in the rain,
Her tender kisses like poetry to strengthen through the pain.
Oh the list is mighty long—there’s so much I haven’t seen,
Crystal sands of islands never walked with waters blue and green.
Verdant fields of flowers softly wooing me by name,
Mountain streams with speckled trout and none of them the same.
So many unheard songs yet springing from this heart,
Lyrics of the singing soul the honey of life impart.
Horse and human explore together, wind on our grinning faces.
The roar of a Harley engine on scenic roads to all new places.
There’s characters to meet, and cultures I must taste,
This stone must keep on rolling, I have no time to waste.
From Atlantic to Pacific, the rivers and lakes between,
My soles are worn with miles, while reveling in what I’ve seen
But today the nest is empty, just me
And my half that sits with me,
Like hobbling wires, all strength requires,
And to travel I’m no longer free.
Bring out the billows to coax the embers of adventure,
Now I need a blender for cuisine to suit my fitted dentures.
Shod in unbroken squeaky leather, stiff, binding, new,
Nowhere to go, nothing fresh to do but ponder days that flew.
Lively prayer boils from my pew,
“Just once more” my intonations,
Let it blaze again—all that’s new,
See, hear, feel and taste, God’s creations
The rocker never was my style,
Though sunsets still amaze.
My keyboard speaks of many a mile,
Retelling adventurous days,
And of the God who walks with me,
And of His wondrous ways.
Lord knows when that bell shall toll for me,
When God shall toss that bucket
I’m ready for Him to chuck it
Just one kick, and I’ll be free.