Here’s to Your Good Health
Since you are a weary traveller who will soon recover
Since you are a singer relating tender messages
Since you are a warrior teaching survival skills in a modern world
Since you are a writer, don’t give the plot away: here’s to your good health.
Since you are the failed, yet know this will not always be your place in the group
Since you are a dancer spread your arms to the sky
Since you are a quilter, stitch roses and beans, flying ducks and lakes
Since you are a beachcomber; another beach to rid of waste:
here’s to the health of beaches worldwide.
Since you are the actor, you too need your stamina and maybe a late night tipple
Since you are a deep-sea diver but you no longer dive for the oil companies
Since you are a teacher, the young are the ones who will teach us how to live
Since you are the lovers; weary, singing, surviving, writing, failed, dancing,
quilting, beachcombing, acting, diving, teaching – lovers, lovers, lovers.
Here’s to your good health.
Benita Kape (c) 16.4.2019
Prompt Day 16: Today, I challenge you to write a poem that uses the form of a list to defamiliarize the mundane.