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Mosey Along
Phyllis Wax


slow it down
          slow it waaaay down
spend nine hours this sunny afternoon

stretch it out
 stretch it faaaar out
like summer gum

treat yourself to tiiiiiime
  with a book or a nap
a laaazy ramble
   in a park

no sprints
or pacing
no trotting
or racing

don’t make it a workout
don’t make it a chore
don’t rev up your heart
or tally your steps      

no deadlines
or timelines
no should-do’s
or must-do’s

relax all your muscles
abandon control                                     
let yourself amble
go ahead, stroll             
mosey along
     slow it waaaay down

© by Phyllis Wax.
Used here with the author’s permission.



Phyllis Wax writes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.  A lover of warm weather, she watches the snow come and go, waiting and hoping for spring. From the window in front of her desk, she observes an abundance of migrating birds, several generations of turkeys, and the occasional fox, deer, and raccoon. Some of those make their way into her poetry. Phyllis has read her poems on the radio, in coffee shops, in libraries and bars, and her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.



Post New Comment:
Love the use of rhythm, waaaay cool!
Posted 07/26/2019 08:40 PM
Love the pull of your words. We all need to follow your poem's advice, elongate summer and enjoy this time. Thanks, Phyllis. Marilyn Zelke Windau
Posted 07/26/2019 06:41 PM
Very good advice. Thanks, Phyllis.
Posted 07/26/2019 04:51 PM
Janet Leahy:
I like the "laaazy ramble in the park". I like the stretched out look of lazy, like the sound, and totally like the activity it suggests. Thanks Phyllis.
Posted 07/26/2019 01:26 PM
This is very creative and clever.
Posted 07/26/2019 12:47 PM
Jean Colonomos-1:
such sage advice...
Posted 07/26/2019 10:39 AM
michael escoubas:
We would have a better world if more of us followed Phyllis' advice--at least we'd stop meeting ourselves coming and going! Clever poem, like your originality, Phyllis.
Posted 07/26/2019 10:03 AM
So creative!
Posted 07/26/2019 08:54 AM
Larry Schug:
Good advice in a poetic wrapping!
Posted 07/26/2019 07:24 AM

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