JWG's Grand Hodgepodge — I Never & Magazines (2 poems)

Wherein JWG ponders Life while sitting on a bench.

95. I Never

I never
See a Bench without yearning to sit down
And think why it’s there.

In Public Places,
Did anyone of renown sit like me
To privately ponder Life?

When Life has a scenic view,
Pondering isn’t even considered.
Experiencing becomes a Life.

Staring at crisp, rippling foliage
Or unwavering rock in high mountains
Or water in one of its many guises.

Sharing a Bench with a Love
Enhances each scene with a lasting bond
Which can never be taken away.

If One is lucky,
One can return to a Bench with fresh eyes
And the same Loving partner.

I know now
Why I yearn to sit on a peaceful Bench.
It lasts forever.


96. Magazines

I read are kept by my bedside table.
There aren’t that many.

I’ve five subscriptions.
I’ve lessened periodical reading.
I enjoy reading my books.

I have always liked science.
“Science News” keeps me abreast of what’s new.
And, its articles have humor, too.

“BBC Music” is a good guide
To new music and seasonal performers.
(Ev’ry once in a while, I make a purchase.)

For garden writing, I have
Subscribed to “Horticulture” for two years.
I can’t say this magazine whelms me.

One cannot dismiss
“The American Poetry Review”
To read about new poets.

And lastly,
For aging, “AARP Bulletin”
Sadly depresses.

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