Written for:  The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #263

Words:  cross, left, count, enter, brush, post, part, bless, only, plate, turn, free

Winter blew through him. Fast fall.
He tried to count his blessings;
could only think of two: he was alive,
he was free. Three months ago
his wife left, he had a brush
with the law, and saw no postings
for which he could reply. Age
was not on his side. At least
he had crossed over into unemployment
without trauma taking hold. With company
sold, he and his colleagues knew
they would each have their turn
in the boss’s office. Did not have much
on his plate–in fact–it was empty.
He laughed. Entering a new part
of his life, he wondered what would
await him around the next corner.
A fresh start can be a good thing.
He added that thought to his blessings.

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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9 Responses to Counting

  1. oldegg says:

    It is amazing what we can accomplish despite the odds. Perhaps a belief in oneself is a help and never giving up and of course being thankful for even small things.

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  2. Shawna says:

    This is excellent poetry. Bang-up job with the line breaks.

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  3. Jae Rose says:

    A clever title and a sense of rising from the ashes – i suppose being alive and free is a pretty good start to any journey

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  4. colonialist says:

    You have used the prompts to describe succinctly a situation shared by far too many in the enlightened modern world.

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  5. Being grateful, counting your blessings, adding up the little pluses, makes for life’s ups over the downs.
    Thank you for the poem, the heartbeat, and the message.


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  6. Pamela says:

    Being alive and free is one of life’s blessings. Excellent piece, Sara. Sorry for the late visit just started back to the prepa this week.

    Pamela ox

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