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Poem: Timeout

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Poem Summary

Time out is a poem about how she is having one of those days. She doesn't want to climb out of bed to start her day. She goes through the motions and gets dressed, but sits on the sofa becoming immersed in a football game on televison. She takes a timeout.

"You Deserve A Break" by Sally Seltmann



She is having one of those days,

where she struggles

to get anything accomplished.

From the moment her eyes peer open,

she wishes to stay in bed

hiding beneath the covers.

In slow motion, she trudges

her feet along the cold bare floor

toward a tiny kitchen

where vittles await her arrival.

Then it’s off to the steam room

to blast her skin with the high powered sprayer

making her beauty come back to life

leaving “Frankie - the sister of Frankenstein" behind her.

Feeling refreshed,

she dresses in layers

to suit the unseasonably cool weather,

but hesitation fills her soul.

She plops down on a comfy sofa

as her blue eyes become immersed

with the game on the screen,

watching as players toss a football

across a snow covered field,

she takes a timeout.

"Take It Easy" by The Eagles



BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 15, 2021:

She takes a timeout

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 26, 2020:


I imagine you are right. We all need a time out now and then.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 26, 2020:


Glad to know I'm not alone.

Lazy days can be refreshing.

Have a good day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 26, 2020:


Somehow I cannot picture you with chronic fatigue or burnout.

Thanks for a lovely comment.

manatita44 from london on October 26, 2020:

You are describing me well. Haha. Chronic Fatigue or 'burn out', I suppose. I use the indomitable will eventually. Great description of such state! - Lantern

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 26, 2020:

I reward myself with Lazy Days whenever I feel the need. If the house doesn't get cleaned - oh, well! Sometimes it's okay to do nothing but veg. Call it recharging the batteries.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 26, 2020:

There are some days when we all need a rest from the routine. I think that most people can identify with your "Time Out" poem.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 26, 2020:


I actually wrote this one very quickly...as I am certain one can tell.

I needed to take a time out for at least a few hours.

Usually the only time I master this is if I am on vacation.

Going to start taking a little time out each week....hopefully.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 26, 2020:


Thank you.

I am glad you can relate to this poem.

Yes, I think we trudge along half asleep.

We all need to take some time out, but I am very bad about not doing this enough.

Kalpana Iyer from India on October 26, 2020:

Beautifully expressed. A time-out is very much essential for everyone. Just to sit back and do whatever relaxes you the most, with no judgment around.

Lorna Lamon on October 26, 2020:

A 'time out' to reboot is just what I need at the moment. Just having those precious moments to do whatever you like (or nothing in my case), is so good for the mind and body. I see myself trudging along to the bathroom still half asleep. A perfect poem with great advice. Loved it.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 25, 2020:


Thank you.

There are times I feel like I need 8 of me to get things done.

So yes, a break now and then is a welcome relief.

Have a great day.

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on October 25, 2020:

I think most of us need a break from routine. Rest and recovering from continual pressure and deadlines, is a necessity, from time to time.

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