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Carpe Diem - Seize the Day
Patricia Williams


I want to run away and be a Las Vegas showgirl —
glamour, fun, excitement — now that’s an enticement.
What would my in-laws, the book club, the church-ladies say?
Carpe diem
— seize the day.  

I’d hire a maid, flee the cleaning, no more harsh detergent,
treat my skin with
French-milled soap. Then there’s
the kids
— that’s urgent — but let the chips fall as they may.
Carpe diem
— seize the day.

There I’d be — wrapped in a white feather boa, nothing else.   
My husband, stunned, the audience clamoring for more.

I’m a star, have fame galore, with rich admirers at bay.

Carpe diem
 - seize the day. 

My bubble burst — glimpsed me in the mirror. All that’s left
of my sweet revere is a white feather floating in the breeze,

escaped my pillow when I made the bed. Guess a feather’s

as close as I’ll ever be

hummm . . . maybe I’ll dye my hair red.
Carpe diem
 - seize the day. 


This poem first appeared in Lake City Lights.
Reprinted in Midwest Medley (Kelsay Books/Aldrich Press, 2018).
Used here with the author’s permission.




Patricia Williams and her husband live in central Wisconsin amid farm fields and abundant wildlife. She began writing poetry after retiring from 32 years of teaching Art and Design. Poetry, she feels, is painting with words, both using the same design principles. Patricia's work appears in many journals and anthologies, and she is the author of The Port Side of Shadows, a poetry chapbook about her travels, and Midwest Medley: Places & People, Wild Things & Weather, which received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association. Her most recent book is Rejection to Acceptance: 57 Poems That Finally Made It, a collection of poems with commentary. All of the poems in the book were eventually published, but were initially rejected--three, four, even five times. "It's the old theme of ...If at first you don't succeed," says Patricia. "I am a determined (stubborn!) person."


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Fun. Love it!!!
Posted 02/20/2016 08:59 AM
Lori Levy:
Love the bubble-bursting stanza after all the build-up in the beginning!
Posted 02/19/2016 04:56 PM
I laughed aloud at the very first line!
Posted 02/19/2016 08:04 AM
Love this! The escaped feather is brilliant:>)
Posted 02/19/2016 05:41 AM
Very unique and creative!
Posted 02/19/2016 05:09 AM
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