VerseLove – Day 27 of 30 – Drift Poems

Shaun Ingalls is our host to today for VerseLove at, inspiring us to write Drift Poems – – to look at something, and look at it again in a different way, allowing our thinking to drift to a new perspective.

Future Me with my Future Friends

Getting the Drift

I’d just finished

a writing workshop

for a school-community partner

when she – my same age – 

asked me 

how many more years

I’ve got

It’s getting more common

with each new wrinkle,

this question 

that makes me wonder:

to live? 

or to work?

I’m not sure, I paused

how about you?

I U-turned her question,

to clarify

to get her drift

me? oh, I’m going to keep 

right on working, 

she fired back

I’m not one of those

to sit home in my chair and 

wait my turn to die


I considered, 

nor am I – 

I’m waiting my turn

to linger over coffee

to travel more

to write more

to walk dogs more

to watch birds more

to adventure more

to read more books

to nap in the hammock more

to lunch with friends

to cook more

to live more

Numbers 8:23-26 

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “This applies to the Levites: from twenty-five years old and upward they shall come to do duty in the service of the tent of meeting. And from the age of fifty years they shall withdraw from the duty of the service and serve no more. They minister to their brothers in the tent of meeting by keeping guard, but they shall do no service. Thus shall you do to the Levites in assigning their duties.”

One Reply to “VerseLove – Day 27 of 30 – Drift Poems”

  1. I am inspired by your list of things to do. It closely matches my own. I, too, must consider my future in our profession and how it relates to my larger life. Clearly, I dig your drift.

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