Having More

In this life
time
is of the essence.

I’ve lived a few life
times
in this body
it seems,
yet, it some
times
feels like
my entire life
time
was lived during
a restful night’s dream.

I wake and know
I have more
to do
with this life
I’ve been given.

I complete my work,
and daily chores,
knowing
I have more
to do –
on another list
more pressing:

        observe millions of monarch butterflies in El Sario, Mexico
        stumble over words and uneven bricks in Rome
        dance in a field flowing with flowers
        walk the streets of my ancestors
        turn the key to my writer’s dream

I do hope to reach
the end
of my list
before I reach
the end
of my life.

Should that not be
my fate,
if my eyes still clear
may they be given
to someone
who sees what I could not.
May my lungs
help someone
breathe in the view from a
mountain top.
May my heart
pump strong
for another to live long.

I have more
than enough
to call it a good life,
should my life end
before my
pressing to-dos begin,
but I hope
to have more
time –
to turn my list
into memories,
not items left
unchecked.

Let’s get to our lists, most pressing, after all, time is of the essence! ⏳ Thank you for visiting. Be well. 💗 Michele

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Featured art: agsandrew (public domain)

© 2022 Michele Lee Sefton

106 thoughts on “Having More

  1. Amen! All told, it’s all we really have – and, never enough. I hope to make the most of it, and appreciate your reflections, lovely poetess Michele. I think your use of “time” was right on…the money, and hope that you have great time today! 🌞🌹

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    1. Such beautiful reflections Michele! I adore the sentiments of your poem and couldn’t agree with you more!! So well penned and woven! I always feel if I died tomorrow life would have blessed me with all I ever needed but I too have miles left I’d love to witness-:)💕🙏♥️

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  2. What an impressive list and a heart-warming poem of thought-provoking potential, aspirations, and hope Michele. 😍💖🥰 I love the way you expressed your prayers, wishes, and dreams and I too share your universal perspective. I agree with you that we have so much more to do, but if we don’t then as we picked up the torch to run where our ancestors left off, hopefully, like the Olympics torch, someone will pick up ours and run on.

    These are such brilliant lines of encouragement and personal activation. I love this:
    I wake and know
    I have more
    to do
    with this life
    I’ve been given.

    What an amazing message of courage and hope my dancing queen!!! 💃🏽🎶💃🏼

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    1. Ms. Kym, you have an eloquent gift of summarizing writing. Truly marvelous. I see my work in a new light when you do. Your comment evokes emotion from me and a deep understanding of my message. You picked up my torch and carried it further. Thank you!

      Such is the the start of each day, right? Even those days when we want to stay in bed. 😆 If we woke up that must mean we have more to do! Of course, writing and dancing through life are non-negotiables, right writing maven and dancing goddess? 💃🏽💖💃🏼

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      1. Oh girlfriend, I’m droppng the mic on your life’s objectivity! 🎤🎤🎤 Your gift is remarkably inate, essential, approachable, and humbling. I appreciate you my lady more than you know. 🤗💖🤗 Your affirmations are confirmations of hope and possibility. I can dig that! 🥰👍🏼😁 Do a little dance 💃🏼 write a little more ✍🏼, get down tonight…get down tonight!!! 🎶🌟💃🏽

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      2. I appreciate your appreciation and you, mic dropper. 😆 Thank you, Kym, for your comments and for making me smile. You are a fun creative spirit – your presence here is most delightful! Get down tonight… I just might. 😂 You are too fun!

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    1. This poem had an interesting evolution. I was surprised that it brought me to the topic of a “bucket list.” I am glad it did. Wonderful closing remark, Brad. At this point in my life, I don’t need more things – just meaningful experiences. ✨ I am sure you understand.

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  3. So inspiring post dear 🌷🙏❤️ your photo so beautiful and best as always and the
    Poem and written lines viewing our reality of life as well 👏👌😍 The painted art
    So awesome 👌🙏 So much thank you for sharing and lovely wishes 🌷❤️🙏🌷

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  4. “I wake and know
    I have more
    to do
    with this life”

    That’s literally me.
    Beautiful thoughts Michele. I pray you’ll complete your list of wonderful things. The dos are lot so live each and every moment of your life.

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    1. I am pleased you can relate to my poem, Ritish. Thank you for the visit and lovely feedback. I am grateful. 🙏🏻Living each and every moment is an inspiring way to live! I love that, thank you and best to you. 🌞

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  5. I love this! Such true words and I hope you complete your list. Especially Rome, what a wonderful city, I would love to go back. I think you would love it there, so much history and so many stories. Every day should be an adventure….

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    1. I am so glad! I treasure your feedback. Thank you! When did you visit Rome? Have you shared photos on your blog? I hope you are able to visit again. I think you are absolutely right – I would love it and yes, we should find the adventures in everyday living. You certainly do a wonderful job of that! Very inspiring and beautiful. Best to you and safe travels! 🌞

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      1. Hmm I think it was 12 years ago, maybe more. We spent a week in Rome and then traveled another 2 weeks around Italy. No, I did not have my blog then. I do have a diary somewheres because I keep a journal everywhere we go. And we have actual printed out pictures in a photo album somewheres 😊. One of the best afternoons we had was at a farm in the country where we learned how to make mozzarella cheese. Then they had big round tables out in their yard that we all sat at while the chickens and cats roamed freely. They served us fresh cheese, limoncello and fresh bread along with tomatoes and wine. It was a fantastic afternoon 🍷

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      2. Sounds like a wonderful trip! Twelve years ago sometimes feels like yesterday. “Actual printed out pictures” – what is that? 😂 I remember when. Your afternoon sounds dreamy. I imagine the scene – slow moving and sensational, and delicious from the sounds of it! Thank you so much for sharing a slice from your trip. 😊

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    1. Thank you, mindful Tony. Your insights are appreciated. True, in our vast world, rich in possible experiences, a life fulfilled can and will inevitably include a wondering about places not seen and experiences not had. ✨ Happy weekending to you!

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  6. Wow Michele!! This poem taught me to broaden my mind and look beyond the obstacles that lie for me. Hope to see your poems in our textbooks someday. 😄😄

    P. S. You have got a lovely smile. Keep smiling. 🙂

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  7. The words in a way remind me of a very good (now deceased) friend who believed in reincarnation – he claimed he had been an italian prince in a previous life (he was an italian freak). He also stated that I had been a nordic viking (and “blamed” me for invasions in Britain, Normandy and along russian rivers – probably not crazy for the discovery of Iceland, Greenland or the Wine Country (Canada). We had lots of fun with it – I accused him that the italian princes were worse guys than even the vikings. 😀

    Wonderful colors too. 🙂

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    1. Oh, wow, sounds like a complicated friendship. 😂 Thank you for sharing your engaging friendship story. I love it! According to my mom’s genealogy research, we are descendants of a Norman Knight who fought for William the Conqueror. I will take her word for it. 😁 Thank you and thanks for the visit.

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  8. “feels like
    my entire life
    time
    was lived during
    a restful night’s dream . . .” I love the way these lines speak of a human perception of time. In the overall experience of the words, I find both contracting and expanding elements, and I love the brief interlude created by your list most pressing! To work towards something as natural and needed as movement in nature is lovely indeed. ❤

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    1. Time is an interesting concept. I appreciate that you chose to elaborate on those lines. Focusing on the contrast, in the manner that you did, offers another layer of understanding to a concept that both rules and mystifies us, and frustrates us when we don’t seem to have enough of it! A topic worthy of its own poem and focus. I also appreciate that you observed a common theme of nature in my most pressing list. 💖 Thank you, writer Jaya, for sharing your thoughts and giving me more to think about, in the way that you do. 🌞

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    1. Aaysid! Long time no read. I have missed your poetic voice. Hope all is well with you. 🌻Thank for visiting and dropping some thoughts. That closing demanded some of my time! Rewriting until it made me feel “wow” too or an ugh, for the honesty of it.

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  9. Thank you for this wonderful and thoughtful poem, Michele ❤.It is so beautiful and inspiring! I also have a list of things I really want to do. But will it succeed? Some things will surely remain a dream.
    There is a German proverb that means:
    “Lost time never comes back, and what we call time enough always proves to be little enough.”
    Michele, have a wonderful day creating and enjoying life! 💕😊
    Rosie

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    1. Rosie, your comment is rich and beautiful. Thank you so much for enriching my morning with your inspiring words and for sharing a thoughtful proverb. 🙏🏻Have a wonderful week, Artist, Rosie. 💖💐

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Dwight. I appreciate your valuable feedback. My heart is warmed by your well wishes. Cheers to checking off those most (heart) pressing to-dos! 🥂

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  10. Your world sometimes parallels mine, yet often takes off exploring areas of the galaxy and mind and heart I have yet to find. You have marvelous followers who truly feel and share their reflections on your magic. By the time I find you all that can be said about your writing and your dreams has been said. I’ve often thought about jumping on the poetry band wagon to maybe get more interaction with my readers. But honesty whispers that’s not my world. Sharing and encouraging creativity is. And your world is the highlight of both.

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    1. Yes, we do seem to parallel moments and interests. Delightful! My overactive imaginative mind can “take off,” yes. 🚀😁 I receive great joy from writing – to have others read and share their feedback with me elevates the experience to another level. I am sincerely grateful for the interaction. Thank you for your beautiful comment that acknowledges this experience. ✍🏻 The “poetry bandwagon” – funny thing – I have written a few poems through the years, mostly as models for my students to follow, but poetry did not flow through me like it does now. Shortly after starting my blog, near the end of 2019, I wrote a poem that pushed open the door to my poetic path. Now a phrase or an idea takes hold of me and won’t let go until a poem is born. It is a beautiful journey that is teaching me many things about emotions, myself, and the world around me. ✨ You are wise to listen to the whispers of honesty (love that). Especially when it comes to creative endeavors! Those whispers come from our higher self directing us, I believe. Creativity and spirit are commingled and the world needs more people to listen to those whispers and share what is uniquely theirs. 💖 I am elevated by your share. Thank you.

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    1. I am grateful for your visits and your kind comments and sentimental thoughts. Thank you, Devang. 🙏🏻Thank you for asking. I am very fine. That poem, that grabbed hold of me a few weeks ago, is, at its core, about gratitude for what I/we have, an awareness of how fleeting life is, with a special focus on achieving/experiencing what we can before our time is up. 💖

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