The mentor text for my poem is a poem by Gerald Stern, “Saying the First Words”
I could live like that…
Never setting my alarm clock,
Tossing out my wristwatches,
Taking luxurious naps in the afternoons,
Watching old movies until midnight.
I could surround myself with books
And curl up in my wood-paneled library
With a warm fire flickering
And read undisturbed for hours!
I could love this freedom,
Having no place to go
And nothing to do –
No schedules to keep,
And the quiet
Slowness of an unhurried life –
I could live like that!