Song of a Space Cadet

I take joy seriously.
A friend observed
my aspect is prone to comicalness.
Someone with less kind intent,
compared me to snow,
knowing full well I dislike cold.
I think I surprised her
with how quickly I am able
 to go to frostiness.

Laughter nourishes me.
Do you think I’d deny myself
when I am hungry,
just to suit another’s expectations?

Please.

Sometimes it takes work to find
a bit of laughter
that will keep me feeling well fed,
but any carnivore worth its teeth
understands that’s just part of the hunt.

So no, I’m not interested in being tethered down
by someone else’s idea of proper gravity.
I’m happy flying in my own orbit,
touching the rings of distant worlds,
and curling up in a star’s embrace. 


This poem was inspired by the prompt given at Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads, Equinox Edition, where we had to work in three of the following words: 
gravity, friend, able, serious, hungry, touch, work, aspect, nourish (I got them all! Woot!)

38 comments:

  1. Oh!! Sing it! I love the closing how it cycles around to your title and this:

    "I think I surprised her
    with how quickly I am able
    to go to frostiness."

    Sometimes that's how it has to happen but one must be careful not to get stuck in the ice.

    Laughter is so important.

    I enjoyed your poem, thank you!

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    1. True, there's no point in getting stuck in ice, especially when there is a great big galaxy to explore.

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  2. What a refreshing poem;) Funny title too!

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    1. LOL, I enjoy getting a bit silly sometimes

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  3. Laughter keeps us sane! Even in bad times!

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    1. Yes, or if not totally sane, at least able to move on to the next thing.

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  4. To find harmony and one's own center of gravity is one of the luckier, lovelier things we can do with our time here--and as always you find just the right words to express the adventure and the purpose of it. I especially love the snow metaphor, and the feel of flying at the end.

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  5. I could dance to this... and make weird hand and head gestures full of fight, while saying, "Please!"

    Love the this poem's tone, the places your it takes us, where it takes the speaker... and I completely adore "its teeth".

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    1. I definitely think this poem lends itself well to interpretive dance. :D

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  6. Sometimes it takes work to find
    a bit of laughter
    that will keep me feeling well fed...

    I so enjoyed your lines, Rommy.

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  7. You am Superwoman! You got all the words in and still wrote poetry. Excellent.

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    1. LOL, I'm not sure how I managed it either! But I'm glad it works.

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  8. touching the rings of distant worlds,
    and curling up in a star’s embrace.

    One need not have to be tied down to other's confines! One works on one's own destiny! Brave lines written very well Rommy!

    Hank

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  9. Keep your wings well used, Rommy! To delight in laughter is medicine in and of itself! Love this!

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    1. Oh I certainly plan on keeping them in use! :)

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  10. Really love how you use the first line.. Life is spanned by the laughter and the frost... Love how you got to the conclusion of not being tethered down.

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    1. Thanks! I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.

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  11. I like this. Especially your fun title and this line: "but any carnivore worth its teeth ..."

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    1. A carnivore should do it's teeth proud on meals worth having :)

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  12. We are so complex and I love the ones like you that don't apologize for it!

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    1. Why apologize when you can celebrate? :)

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  13. Rommy!!! I love this poem! This is me! This really has spoke to me, like Magaly's poem! I might have to do a painting for your poem! If it comes to be, do I have your permission?? Big Hugs!

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    1. OMG!!!!!!

      SERIOUSLY!!!!!

      *having a fan girl moment*

      I'd be HONORED if you did!

      *emits hypersonic squee summoning dolphins*

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    2. LOL! You are adorable! I will let you know, when I get things started! I have to let you know, I have always been "known" for my laugh. Before my journey of self love, one of the things that had torn me down, was people that were closest to me, complained about my laugh. Told me it gave them a headache. All of this, really had me losing myself. I now know, the way people act, it all has to do with them, not me. I am healed now with them. And, the best thing, I am laughing!! I am me! Big Hugs!

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    3. Woot! I am glad you're able to laugh without restraint. <3

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  14. Awesome. There are enough heavy hands to go around, but not enough light touches.

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    1. A light touch can be just the thing on the right occasions.

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  15. Woot is right! Dang, Rommy, you slew this dragon with every quivering line. Thanks for adding your voice ~

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  16. Love your title...And yes, who wants to be cornered into fitting in.

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    1. It may not be easy to be odd, but it is rewarding.

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  17. Great title, topic, and these lines are stellar: "I’m happy flying in my own orbit,
    touching the rings of distant worlds,
    and curling up in a star’s embrace."

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    1. I really appreciate you taking the time to look my older stuff up. <3

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