Monday, April 22, 2019

Risen




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Risen

“It is true that we and the world are dust--but
the dust has motes rising.”--Mohammed Iqbal.

He has risen.
No, not Him--
that was yesterday.
Me;
something my wife says
often
when I get up around 
eight in the morning.

But hey,
I am
retired.

It’s not how often you’re
knocked down that matters, it’s
how often you rise up.



Quadrille

Glenn Buttkus

Posted over at dVerse Poets Pub Q44

21 comments:

Linda Lee Lyberg said...

It's a nice feeling to not be bound to a schedule isn't it. You convey it wonderfully Glenn.

AnotherFearlessYear.net said...

Love this! My retired husband would love it if I was up before him and said this to him. Unfortunately, the dog and cat both make sure he has risen long before he'd like to.

brudberg said...

During my vacation I raise at seven... same time as when we are working... hmm.. wonder why.

Kim M. Russell said...

Your quadrille made me smile, Glenn. Even though I retired nearly five years ago, I can’t get out of the early habit – any time between 5.30 and 7.00 at the latest - I wish I could lie in sometimes. There is so much truth in your final lines!

Rhscribbles said...

Ha ha ha! We have spoken that way too! “He has risen.” For n

Merril D. Smtih said...

This made me chuckle. Why not, sleep in?
I can imagine your wife saying this, like me saying "Good morning" to my husband when he wakes up from a nap.
I make my own schedule, but still wake up around 5 AM. :)

Jane Dougherty said...

This flowed perfectly, Glenn, something I find hard to get with the quadrille form.

Jade Li said...

I like the spirit of this one and the sharing of closeness between you and your wife.

indybev said...


One of the special things about retirement … to rise when we darned well please!!

Mish said...

This was entertaining. I am baffled by my retired neighbours who rise before the sun. What I look forward to the most is sleeping in....and past eight.

Mary Hood said...

Haha! This brought a laugh from me! Yes, a laugh rises! I hope some day I can retire. But really, doesn't retire mean you just get tired all over again?

lynn__ said...

This made me smile, Glenn :)

D. Avery said...

Ha! Good one.

Grace said...

This made me smile too. Lucky for you....

erbiage.wordpress.com said...

Lol I love it!

Arcadia Maria said...

I enjoyed the lightheartedness in this poem. Thanks for sharing.

robkistner said...

Tight, humorous, and poignant in all matters retired... great wrIte here dude! You actually made me LOL... OH THE HORROR! Squintee eyed, hair fucked up, beard mashed to the left side of my face, right hand down my shorts - scratching... HE IS RISEN! My wife thinking, “can somebody put him back, please!?” Yeah, been there, done that... :-)

Pat R said...

This had me laughing, I like it:))

Frank Hubeny said...

Good point about counting how often one gets up.

Truedessa said...

Ha Your humorous side was shining in this one! I like to sleep late in the weekends as I get up too early to start my workday.

The journey sometimes knocks us down but, survival depends on getting back up. Resilience the πŸ”‘

Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr said...

My wife an I just had a (jovial) conversation about my own life of leisure.