Take a Chance

Take a Chance

Sometimes you don’t see it coming
Busy spinning on the hamster wheel
because that’s what you do
Every day like the one before
doing the exact same thing
Addicted to the familiarity
The soothing balm of sameness
safe, predictable
Perfected over a long period of time
As if the instructions were printed
in your mind with indelible ink
Never to be forgotten
worthy of recognition
of reward
of acknowledgement
that never comes
And when you get the chance
to experience something 
New and different
Run towards it with arms wide open
There is no rear-view mirror

Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved

Lillian is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and has prompted us with
the lyrics of Dancing Queen by ABBA.  We are to pick one line from
the song to use as a base for our poem.  I chose the line
"And when you get the chance"

Image Pixabay

  20 comments for “Take a Chance

  1. December 2, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    I have gotten quite used to the routines of life… the working from home has really made it obvious for me how important the lifeline of routine is.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 5, 2021 at 6:11 pm

      Yes it’s so easy to stay in the cocoon sometimes ☺️

  2. sanaarizvi
    December 1, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    This is gorgeously worded, Christine! 😀 Yes sometimes we just need to take a chance and see where things go 💝💝

    • Christine Bolton
      December 1, 2021 at 7:41 pm

      Thanks Sanaa. I wasn’t too sure where I was going with it a d so I hope it didn’t get preachy at the end 😧

  3. December 1, 2021 at 11:22 am

    A great poem of embracing life and facing the challenges.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 1, 2021 at 7:39 pm

      Thank you Dwight. Much appreciated ☺️💕

      • December 1, 2021 at 8:03 pm

        You are welcome!

  4. December 1, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Indeed! Familiarity sometimes becomes boring, we should try new things then! Nicely penned 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      December 1, 2021 at 10:19 am

      Thank you! Familiarity breeds contempt and that’s not q good place to be. 😦

  5. December 1, 2021 at 5:39 am

    Oh yes…that hamster’s wheel…that sameness. Good advice for sure. Love the last line.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 1, 2021 at 10:18 am

      Thanks Lillian 💕☺️

  6. December 1, 2021 at 5:06 am

    Christine, I am taking your advice literally! I never want to get stuck in everyday-sameness ever again…

    • Christine Bolton
      December 1, 2021 at 10:18 am

      Yes, life’s too short Ingrid. Hope you are doing well ☺️💕

      • December 1, 2021 at 10:56 am

        Thanks Christine – you too 🤗

      • Christine Bolton
        December 1, 2021 at 7:38 pm

        Yes thank you ☺️💕

  7. December 1, 2021 at 3:30 am

    Take a chance and do the unusual

    • Christine Bolton
      December 1, 2021 at 10:17 am

      That’s right. Go for it!

      • December 1, 2021 at 10:23 am


  8. Ain Starlingsson, forestbathing hermit
    December 1, 2021 at 3:08 am

    I really like where this poem went, in the last few lines……Addicted to the familiarity…..that is something that really, really resonates…not just used to it, but actually addicted….v powerful..

    • Christine Bolton
      December 1, 2021 at 10:17 am

      Thanks Ain. I’m happy you understand ☺️ Sometimes you’ve just got to let it go.

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