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Temperate Woman
Peggy Trojan


I am a temperate woman.
I cool my coffee with an ice cube,
take my water plain,
my steak medium rare,
set the thermostat at seventy.
I live in a temperate zone,
wear size average clothes,
let my ice cream melt a bit.
I go easy on the jalapeno,
hate shouting matches,
also dislike silence
with the cold shoulder.
Watch the speed limit,
use thrift sale finds,
drive a pre-owned Chevy.
Moderation is my motto
With one exception.

Donít show me that tepid love.
Iíll take that deluxe,
supersized, outrageous,
spicy, with a lifetime guarantee.

This poem first appeared in Jill Magazine (2018).
Used here with permission.

Peggy Trojan retired from teaching English to the north woods of Wisconsin. She and her husband, David, with the help of family, built a house next to a trout stream, where Peggy writes and tends her raspberry patch so she can make jam. Peggy's latest collection is All That Matters, Collected Poems, 2010 - 2018. Her recent release, River, won second place in the 2021 chapbook contest of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, of which Peggy is a member.





Post New Comment:
As the saying goes, "relatable content"! Thank you for capturing this so well!
Posted 02/21/2022 10:50 PM
Great poem--descriptive with such expressive examples
Posted 02/07/2022 11:22 PM
Lori Levy:
Great! Love the ending.
Posted 02/07/2022 01:47 PM
Jgonzalez 1994:
I love the poem,you want a great big old love everything else you can take in moderation
Posted 02/07/2022 09:09 AM
Larry Schug:
This is a temperate poem. It would have been ruined with the overwriting it if you weren't a temperate poet. My favorite line, for some reason is "with one exception". It comes at just the right time in the poem.
Posted 02/07/2022 08:52 AM
This is definitely in the "hot zone"! Nicely done, Peggy.
Posted 02/07/2022 08:48 AM
This is a delightful, 'down to earth' poem that makes one smile. We all need a bit of that these days. Thank you, Peggy.
Posted 02/07/2022 08:13 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I love this delightful uplifting poem. Describes me to a T right down to the punchline: "Dont show me that tepid love. Ill take that deluxe,supersized,outrageous, spicy, with a lifetime guarantee."
Posted 02/07/2022 05:09 AM

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