I see friends posing by the Eiffel Tower
or admiring the ruins of Angkor Wat
when their heels aren’t pounding the halls of pow’r.

They meet for coffee, enjoy their chit-chat
spend some time shopping for designer clothes
when they are not writing their legal drafts.

I could have been like them. Oh, my woes!
They’re changing the world. But, here I am –
Cinderella, before her marriage vows.

Then little voices would scream, “We love you, Mom!”
as I slumped on a chair when the day’s done
and my husband gathers me in his arms.

I am in the Paradise I dreamed of once
for which I exchanged the riches in my hands.


Written for DVERSE Poets Pubs’ Prompt:  It’s Tempting.  While I am at it, I tried to write a Terza Rima Sonnet, the previous Pub prompt.

Thank you for coming by.   🙂 Oh, the poem is personal.  Sometimes, when the weight or married responsibility is heavy upon me,  I would look back at my single life and the career possibilities (and the glamour) it offered.   This happens more rarely now though. 🙂


12 thoughts on “POETICS: IT’S TEMPTING

  1. smiles…i think you chose rightly…its easy to look back and envision the possibilities but there is no promise it would have been…and what richer life than to bring in a family, you know…smiles. i am glad you went back to the form, you did well working the slant rhyme a bit to get it to work…i like…smiles.

  2. Well said and so tempting and yes, a mother tends to look back and think of the choices made and I can also truly say I don’t regret the choices I made. Lovely rhyme and post. 🙂 *hugs*

  3. Oh, the beauty of realizing the grass isn’t necessarily greener on the other side! I don’t have a job of prestige, but that’s okay. My days are short so I get family time too 🙂

  4. Imelda, this is so eloquent. The arms of a loving husband and the sound of children’s voices has a charm and richness all of its own. It can’t be bought.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  5. yes….how much more worth has a mother’s love and care for her kids than traveling the world…mothers do change the world in their own way…big smiles

  6. Each of us is unique and have our own priorities ~ Devoting time to children is priceless as the time can never be bought back again ~

    Lovely form, you did well with the rhyming pattern ~

    Wishing you happy week ~

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