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The Joy of Unimportance
by
Christine Swanberg

Let us praise the joy of unimportance,
the gentle sway of leisure, like lilacs
bending in the May breeze.† Let's take a chance--
let the day lie before us on its back,
cozy and inviting as a hammock
strung between two big trees with canopies,
or a quilted blanket, a picnic, and Bach.
Why not?† We're a couple of jalopies
in our sixth decade with no need to rush.
Like wild geraniums, we unfold
in mornings, click ice-cubes at evening's hush.
Ah, everything's important when you're old:
Sun, rain, birds, ferns, clogged drain, mail--all equal.
We no longer have to please all people!

From Wild Fruition: Sonnets, Spells, and Other Incantations (Puddin'head Press, 2017).†
This poem first appeared in Minotaur.
Used here with the authorís permission.


Christine Swanberg is the author of ten books and has published more than 500 poems. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and the 2008 Poet's Market features an in-depth interview with Christine. Retired after 35 years of teaching high school, college, and graduate school, she continues to write but also enjoys gardening, singing, swimming, and traveling. Christine lives in Rockford, Illinois.



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