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Mosey Along
Phyllis Wax


slow it down
          slow it waaaay down
spend nine hours this sunny afternoon

stretch it out
 stretch it faaaar out
like summer gum

treat yourself to tiiiiiime
  with a book or a nap
a laaazy ramble
   in a park

no sprints
or pacing
no trotting
or racing

don’t make it a workout
don’t make it a chore
don’t rev up your heart
or tally your steps      

no deadlines
or timelines
no should-do’s
or must-do’s

relax all your muscles
abandon control                                     
let yourself amble
go ahead, stroll             
mosey along
     slow it waaaay down

© by Phyllis Wax.
Used here with the author’s permission.




Phyllis Wax says she is “mentored in modernity” by her young grandchildren. She finds herself lingering at playgrounds, where she enjoys watching the parent/child dynamics. Phyllis writes in Milwaukee on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. She has read her poetry on the radio, in coffee shops, in libraries, and bars, and her work has been exhibited with art quilts and weavings in a variety of venues around the state of Wisconsin as part of four poet/fiber artist collaborations.



Post New Comment:
Love the use of rhythm, waaaay cool!
Posted 07/26/2019 08:40 PM
Love the pull of your words. We all need to follow your poem's advice, elongate summer and enjoy this time. Thanks, Phyllis. Marilyn Zelke Windau
Posted 07/26/2019 06:41 PM
Very good advice. Thanks, Phyllis.
Posted 07/26/2019 04:51 PM
Janet Leahy:
I like the "laaazy ramble in the park". I like the stretched out look of lazy, like the sound, and totally like the activity it suggests. Thanks Phyllis.
Posted 07/26/2019 01:26 PM
This is very creative and clever.
Posted 07/26/2019 12:47 PM
Jean Colonomos-1:
such sage advice...
Posted 07/26/2019 10:39 AM
michael escoubas:
We would have a better world if more of us followed Phyllis' advice--at least we'd stop meeting ourselves coming and going! Clever poem, like your originality, Phyllis.
Posted 07/26/2019 10:03 AM
So creative!
Posted 07/26/2019 08:54 AM
Larry Schug:
Good advice in a poetic wrapping!
Posted 07/26/2019 07:24 AM

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