Life ;) #haibun #tanka

Life ;)

The alarm is shouting at me. I roll over, fumble for a moment, putting in far too much effort for the simple chore, but finally hit the switching, shutting up little bully. I wrench a leg over the side of the bed and then force the other over.  Ugh. I am sluggish, more than a bit dull and feeling lazy. Coffee. I yawn. I need coffee. I struggle my way up the steps to start the day, but before I am able to get into the refreshing, reviving shower, before I can have any life-giving coffee, something in my brain does move at a glacier pace and causes me to ponder:

I want to stop here
Leisurely enjoy my life
Living for right now
The world makes me labor on
Are we defined by our jobs?


Honestly, after too much enforced time off, I am happy to be at work!  But when my alarm goes off…. well, that’s life ;)


Written for Colleen’s Poetry challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week the key words were “Slow” and “Work” This week I decided to try a haibun with a tanka.

20 thoughts on “Life ;) #haibun #tanka

  1. Pingback: Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 121, “Work & Slow,” #SynonymsOnly – The Faery Whisperer

  2. Colleen Chesebro

    So, you finally got to go back to work. That’s fabulous! What an excellent retelling of your morning ritual. You got more intimate with the sharing of your thoughts by wondering if you are defined by your job. Well done. I remember these same thoughts. You will love retirement. It’s so freeing. <3

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks Y. I -hated- the suspended animation of not working most of January, and yet it gave me a small taste of retirement…. Wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for the pressure ;)

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