"Guilty Pleasures" and Other Poems

Updated on June 6, 2018
Source
Source

Guilty Pleasures

Denying my supposed maturity, one

which should

in theory

attend adulthood, I wonder if life would improve

only if

I lost myself in guilty pleasures. Would these

satisfy and satiate me in ways

which responsibility and hard work

cannot? Or would I be left wanting,

wondering what is afoot, wondering

if there is any way to fill

my cumbersome vacancies.

Another take on guilty pleasures

Source
Source

World Traveler

I want to touch her passport,

To finger the stained

Pages, to see the stamps

From the countries—Kenya, Mongolia,

South Africa—I am unlikely to

Ever see.

I want to hear stories, but not only this:

I want to feel the heat

Of Africa on my pale, wintry

Skin, or feel the liberation

Which attended the hundreds

Of miles she drove

A motorcycle across Mongolia

Without a guidebook

That could tell her where she

Would be safe and where

She would be welcome.

Mongolia

Source
Source
Source

Lost and Gone (Perhaps Forever)

I don’t easily surrender my friendships. Instead,

I linger, wondering if something,

anything, can be salvaged. My supposed good intentions

alone cannot make any one stay, and,

indeed, I wonder if my determination

scares them away even faster. To name all

of them would take too much

time and effort and the twinge

of heartbreak, and so I do not. Instead,

I wonder where they have gone

and if, by a small miracle, they are happy.

Source

The “Elton John” Look

A month shy of his second birthday, and

my nephew Ben is the epitome

of classic cool: a serious look accompanied

by uniquely shaped

light blue sunglasses. I see this and think:

“Here is a future pop star, the

next Elton John, an eventually man

who will wow the crowds and

give me much to write about.”

Of course this is

likely untrue. The child of a Midwestern

farmer, the glitz and glamour of

other places

may remain unknown to him

indefinitely.

Proof Elton John hasn't lost his edge....

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Julie K Henderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie K Henderson 

      20 months ago

      Dear Fawntina,

      Thank you for commenting. I am pleased that you enjoyed my poetry. I hope the sun soon shines in your part of the world.

      All the best,

      Julie

    • Fawntia profile image

      Fawntia Fowler 

      20 months ago from Portland

      A lovely collection! Thank you for sharing. I, too, liked World Traveler the best. Since I live in a very rainy place, the description of sunshine is especially enticing right now.

    • Julie K Henderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie K Henderson 

      2 years ago

      Audrey: Thank you for commenting. I'm so glad you enjoyed "World Traveler." Take care.

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      I particularly enjoyed "World Traveler."--well-penned!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, letterpile.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://letterpile.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)