Legal Phrasing

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Awakening  (posted by Susan)
Awakening is more than waking after sleep, it involves coming to a realization that is personally transforming. It may be rational, but more often the path is visceral, emotional or spiritual.
Have you had an awakening?
Where is one needed?

“When one realises one is asleep, at that moment one is already half-awake.”
― P.D. Ouspensky

Each time I am reminded
of mortality, I awaken.
Today we found ourselves
in a lawyer’s office, ushered
into a room complete with dark
polished conference room table
laden with candy. We were offered
something to drink. I was con-
centrating on drinking in my
life. The lawyer was drawing
of our will. The phrasing
involved: if you pre-decease
him, power of attorney, health
care proxy, trust, and on
and on. I do not know
if I want to die now; it’s all
so complicated.

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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12 Responses to Legal Phrasing

  1. Those first two lines are so true.


  2. Sherry Marr says:

    Oh yes, complicated it is. Definitely a reminder of mortality.


  3. susanstoo says:

    Hahaha! There is mortality and then there is the business of mortality. Sigh. Awareness of both leads to awakening. This may be my new favorite of your poems.


  4. vandana says:

    Let us all live in the present …….


  5. sanaarizvi says:

    Mortality is by all means fragile and fleeting .. it reminds us to make the most of the time we have left here in the world ❤️


  6. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    Complicated. Yes, life is. And so is death.


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