At Fifty

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Birthday(s)
Write a poem giving yourself or someone else a birthday gift
on a specific birthday.

I was turning fifty–some years ago–
and my sister found a perfect
gift for a woman distracted from life
by her own imagination. Reality
or Wonderland? She came through,
knew what to do. I look at her
choice every day. On my desk,
it pulls me away from unpleasant
thoughts where I sometimes stray.
On a pedestal, a green face grins
at me. Michigan J. Frog. Alas,
he does not sing for me.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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7 Responses to At Fifty

  1. Sherry Marr says:

    Oh I would love to see the photo of this frog! I love gifts like that! I sent my daughter-in-law a green frog Buddha once. LOL.

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  2. oldegg says:

    Some gifts really touch our hearts; so pleased that Michigan J. Frog did it for you.

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  3. Panchali says:

    Chinese legend says the frogs emerge on the full moon to sit by the door of people with wealth and good fortune… Try placing it at your doorstep on this particular night and watch the effect of this Michigan frog. Interesting piece, Sara!

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  4. Susan says:

    Hahaha. A reminder to lighten up and smile!

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  5. A present like that is the best! I get distracted all of the time. ~sigh~

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  6. Jae Rose says:

    How can people distract ourselves from our imagination – perhaps cartoon frogs are the very best essence they demonstrate everything good about the world perhaps – your poem reminded me that it’s hard being trapped in our heads – perhaps even harder watching

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  7. A fine gift as a reminder to not take things too seriously

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