Depleted

Everything within me

Decided to fight

The recent spat of extremes–

Pleasure-pain

Laughter-tears

Flying-falling

Until I was left

Emotionally,

Mentally,

Physically

Depleted.

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Our journey took us

From fine wine in San Francisco

To a bucket of beers at an

Off-the-beaten path

Diner with a lakefront view.

We laughed and marveled

At the range of our experiences

Within 24 hours but we wouldn’t

Have it any other way.

We found a table of four with

Fun-loving retirees who made us smile.

We returned the favor

With a round of drinks

We paid forward without their knowledge

While they enjoyed the most

Fabulous burgers in the state.

We wished them well

On our way back to our car

Feeling on top of the world.

Long-Time Love

If you asked me the secret

To long-time love I would tell you this:

Know who you are

Do not try to change your lover

Acceptance of all the good and bad is key.

Be friends first and everything else

Will fall into place.

Don’t settle for comfort and routine

Keep rediscovering each other

Go on date nights

Hold hands, hug, cry, laugh, dance every chance you get

Create memories together

Support each other

Respect your partner’s soul

Know that dry spells happen

And that this too shall pass.

Patience and perseverance reap the

Greatest rewards of love that keeps

Growing in the darkest of nights.

Give more than you take,

Don’t hold grudges

Show your love more than talk about it

Love yourself so you can fully love

Without boundaries

And make love

Your priority.

My Summer Bucket List

This summer will not pass me by

For I cannot get that time back ever.

It will be a summer of no regrets,

A summer of love,

A summer that I make my own.

 

I will spend it in

Ways that give me joy–

More time outside than inside,

More laughter and less tears,

More music, theater, poetry under the stars.

 

I will seek pleasure

That knocks my socks off

In all sorts of ways.

 

I will be present in

The moments I share with my love,

The time spent with my friends,

The fun I have with my daughters.

 

It will be a summer I create,

Filled with memories

Of a lifetime.