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The Pleasures Of Ordinary Life - Poem by Judith Viorst

I've had my share of necessary losses,
Of dreams I know no longer can come true.
I'm done now with the whys and the becauses.
It's time to make things good, not just make do.
It's time to stop complaining and pursue
The pleasures of an ordinary life.

I used to rail against my compromises.
I yearned for the wild music, the swift race.
But happiness arrived in new disguises:
Sun lighting a child's hair. A friend's embrace.
Slow dancing in a safe and quiet place.
The pleasures of an ordinary life.

I'll have no trumpets, triumphs, trails of glory.
It seems the woman I've turned out to be
Is not the heroine of some grand story.
But I have learned to find the poetry
In what my hands can touch, my eyes can see.
The pleasures of an ordinary life.

Young fantasies of magic and of mystery
Are over. But they really can't compete
With all we've built together: A long history.
Connections that help render us complete.
Ties that hold and heal us. And the sweet,
Sweet pleasures of an ordinary life.


Comments about The Pleasures Of Ordinary Life by Judith Viorst

  • Gold Star - 161,711 Points Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/2/2016 6:43:00 AM)

    Such a wonderful inspiring poem......When we are fed up with questions and ridicule answers we write such a fantastic poetry. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 11,687 Points Walterrean Salley (11/28/2016 5:09:00 PM)

    (The Pleasures Of Ordinary Life by Judith Viorst.) **Really good. One can't go wrong in the pursuit of an ordinary life. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 96,706 Points Rajnish Manga (6/15/2016 2:16:00 AM)

    What a marvelous piece of English poetry is this. It shows us how to derive pleasure out of small things achieved in life and not to rant about broken dreams and failures.
    I'm done now with the whys and the becauses.
    It's time to stop complaining and pursue
    The pleasures of an ordinary life. (Report) Reply

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