Those Dreaded Bucket Lists

Shared at dVerse – Open Link Night #205 (posted by Kim)
Open Link Night is when you choose any ONE poem of yours to share.

I see people making their bucket lists
manically checking off activities,
pressured to reflect on what they have missed.

A race against time before the finish.
or prior to fear of senility.
I see people making their bucket lists.

They say, conquer your fears; take a risk
which might call for lost agility,
pressured to reflect on what they have missed.

Might they be considering a tryst,
hoping they have no deficiencies?
I see people making their bucket lists.

Have they thought of taking a foreign trip
to Morocco, Greece, or Italy?
pressured to think of what they have missed.

This new craze I have readily dismissed,
content to pursue creativity.
I see people making their bucket lists
pressured to reflect on what they have missed.

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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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25 Responses to Those Dreaded Bucket Lists

  1. jillys2016 says:

    A fine villanelle! Just think, it was on my bucket list to read a Sara McNulty poem before the end of the week… 🙂 (Really enjoyed this, Sara!)

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  2. Charley says:

    Solidly written; solidly on solid ground. Kick the bucketlists!

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  3. Truedessa says:

    Yes, the form works well as it enhances the main theme. I think we all have a bit of a bucket list.

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  4. The villanelle works so well here – both for emphasis but also to undermine the bucket-listers’ listing – because whatever they do (the tryst, the trip) the chorus repeats. Big fan of the form and very nicely done.

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  5. Catharine Phillips says:

    Wonder villanelle..Love the form! May give it another try,

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  6. Yes – can we make freedom stressful, too much money and too little time.

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  7. kim881 says:

    A well-executed villanelle, Sara, and I totally agree with you about bucket lists! Long live spontaneity – or better still a nice cosy chair with a pen and paper or a book!

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  8. The Villanelle works exceptionally well here I was particularly drawn to “I see people making their bucket lists pressured to reflect on what they have missed” …that is so true!

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  9. Sabio Lantz says:

    Interesting rant. I agree, truly a fad. The myth of romance working itself out. Read a section of a great book called “Sapiens: A short history of humankind” by an Israeli historian who writes on the same. Here in the USA, visiting Ireland is one such trip , or the Caribbean, or … They do these more to tell others “I did it !”, but sadly, really, others don’t care. A vacation you can only do occasionally, but writing ….

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  10. D-Claire says:

    oh yes. It’s a weird competitive vibe with the bucket list? All it takes is money! Ridic. Great poem, made me smile

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  11. Frank Hubeny says:

    Bucket lists are admissions of having missed something. Nice villanelle!

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  12. I share your opinion of bucket lists! It’s ever so much more satisfying to make a list of what you’ve accomplished instead of what you’ve missed! That being said, I’m just not much of a list-maker. Loved your “take” on the subject.

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