Simple Pleasures

Drawing of a swing hanging from a tree branch. Caption reads: "Life has simple pleasures, that never should get old."

Simple Pleasures

Poem by Iris Carden

Life has simple pleasures
that never should get old,
sneaking ice cream before dinner,
and a favourite story told.

The swing you rode as a child
when you almost reached the sky,
is still fun if you ride it,
with greying hair and bleary eye.

A colouring book or a game,
made for someone under ten,
is also fun for grandparents
to enjoy now and then.

And who said plasticine,
poster paints, or paper mache
were only for the children
when adults want to play?

Adults' days get dreary,
when tied to the daily grind.
It's far too easy to forget
we also need to unwind.

Surrounded by work, and bills,
responsibilities, and strife,
don't forget to take time for
the simple pleasures of life!


By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.

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