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Senedipity and Friends

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Serendipity waves her wand across our lives on a regular basis, whether we realize it or not. I read Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides writing prompt this morning and thought, “Yep, I can do that one and had a title immediately.”

It wasn’t an original title; so few really are original. On fill-in-the-blank prompts, Muse either slips you filler quickly or not. I took an unconscious page from my old IBM days and did an “if, then else” statement in my head after I wrote the title. **For those unfamiliar with old programming code, an “if, then else” statement is one which is a prompt in itself. “If X happens, then what will happen next. If X does not happen, the what will happen next.”

For Robert’s Day 20 Prompt—Use “Let’s (blank)” as title. Fill-in the blank with word/phrase, use as title, and write the poem to it, my mind went to an old roommate back in the seventies and how things went from there. I called it–


Let’s Dance the Night Away


Two AM call caught us finally sitting,

A pair of disco addicts who came each night

To crowd a small floor, meet with friends

And laugh with others in new steps.


You faded from my life not long after,

A need that required distance to perform

Without recriminations or ever-afters,

A fact you could never appreciate.


Two to tango was never the real problem,

Though taking advantage was your forte,

For a con man needs only a woman’s faith,

Never was my enjoyment at issue.


Frankly I outgrew your need to mooch and moan;

Now my life and resources are my own.

© Claudette J. Young 2012

Along the same lines but with different outcomes, just a couple of days ago, I reconnected with an old friend with whom I hadn’t talked since the mid-nineties. This was a person for whom I’ve searched for years with no success. He, too, had searched for me. Now that reconnection has ensued, life seems smoother than days before.

There’s so much to catch up on, so many personal travel logs to read. As I look toward this acquaintance process, I can’t help but look at this poem as a kind of letting-go of unfortunate experiences and a taking-up of those which uplift and secure.

Serendipity strikes again. Did she see it coming? Were the two events entwined on my star chart under a heading of “Let’s put things right”?

I hope you enjoy this day’s offering. Please leave a comment as you wish. Here’s hoping Serendipity waves her wand over you today.

  1. Ann
    April 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    You make can make a sad thing beautiful!

    • claudsy
      April 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you, Ann. I think it is the way of life to discard that which is no longer beneficial and renew that which gives peace.

  2. April 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Always fascinates me how these things occur. Serendipity? Synchronicity? Interesting, no matter what. Enjoyed this, claudsy! 🙂

    • claudsy
      April 20, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      So glad you stopped by, Pamela. And I’m happy that you enjoyed my poem. Seredipity has been showing up on a fairly regular basis around here for a while. I’m not complaining. It’s usually a very good thing.

  3. April 21, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Claudsy, this is very powerful and potent stuff. I love this “Frankly I outgrew your need to mooch and moan”. Well done.

    • claudsy
      April 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      So glad you liked it, Misky. Glad you could stop by. Thank you. I don’t know about powerful, but it was certainly surprising and delightful.

  4. April 22, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Claudsy: another chapter closed, a new one beginning… so excited for you… Great poem, my former disco addict

    • claudsy
      April 22, 2012 at 9:36 am

      I must be into my 15th volume by now. I’m glad you like my efforts, my friend.

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