"Guilty Pleasures" and Other Poems


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


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.



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.

A remake of a classic song about friendship


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


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

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AudreyHowitt 5 months ago from California

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

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Julie K Henderson 5 months ago Author

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

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