‘With Goals in Tow’ by Janice Canerdy The Society January 10, 2021 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 12 Comments . With Goals in Tow I’ve fewer days ahead of me than those I have been blessed to see. Though time moves on so rapidly, my hopes sustain. God still has plans for me, I know. He’s guiding me as to and fro I move through life with goals in tow that never wane. Have I implied that my mind teems with brilliant thoughts and sky-high dreams, that life is bursting at the seams with nonstop gain? Not so! My peace and happiness come from relationships that bless my life, all through the Lord’s largess. I can’t complain. . . There’s Much to Be Said for Swings My porch swing is a special place where past and present intersect. While swaying at a peaceful pace, on days of childhood I reflect. Where past and present intersect, with eyes closed I soon drift away. On days of childhood I reflect. I see three happy kids at play. With eyes closed I soon drift away, I think of yards with rope-held swings. I see three happy kids at play on carefree days the summer brings. I think of yards with rope-held swings while swaying at a peaceful pace. On carefree days the summer brings, my porch swing is a special place. . . Making Adjustments Goals never sleep; dreams never die. Though youth may set their goals sky-high, then find some vows are hard to keep, dreams never die; goals never sleep. Needs pass desires along the way, with work to do and bills to pay. Much perseverance life requires. Along the way, needs pass desires. The wise will make a compromise; those lofty dreams, they will revise— not bury, so their hearts won’t break. A compromise, the wise will make. . . Janice Canerdy is a retired high-school English teacher from Potts Camp, Mississippi. Her works have appeared in several publications, including Society of Classical Poets Journal (and online) Spirit Fire, Light, The Road Not Taken, Lyric, Parody, Bitterroot, Westward Quarterly, Lighten Up Online, Better Than Starbucks, Saturday Evening Post, Encore (journal of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies), The Mississippi Poetry Society Journal, Your Daily Poem, and LIVE (by Gospel Publishing House). Her first book, Expressions of Faith (Christian Faith Publishing), was published in December 2016. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 12 Responses Monty January 10, 2021 I must tell you, Jan, how pleasantly astonished I was to discover the form you’ve used in your third piece. I’ve never before seen such clever and sophisticated play between the first and last lines of stanzas. Have you yourself previously encountered such play in poems you’ve read, or is it entirely of your own origination? Reply Janice Canerdy January 11, 2021 THANK YOU for your kind words! This style is called a swap quatrain. I learned of it on Poetry Soup and just fell in love with it! Reply Beverly stock January 10, 2021 Janice- I enjoyed your work, thank you! Reply Janice Canerdy January 11, 2021 Thank you so much, Beverly! Reply Paul A. Freeman January 10, 2021 Your poems are a privilege to read, Janice. Ditto, Monty’s comment on Making Adjustments. Reply Janice Canerdy January 11, 2021 THANK YOU so much, Paul. This style is called a swap quatrain. I learned of it on Poetry Soup and just fell in love with it! Reply Yael January 10, 2021 All three of these poems are delightful, each in its own way. They convey an air of tranquility to me, especially the one about swings. Thank you for sharing. Reply Janice Canerdy January 11, 2021 Yael, thanks a million! Reply Anna J Arredondo January 10, 2021 Janice, Echoing Monty and Paul, I also very much enjoyed the clever reversals in “Making Adjustments.” Not only the fact that you used them, or the uniqueness of the form, but also how precisely it ties in with the title and the insightful message of the poem. Reply Janice Canerdy January 11, 2021 Anna, THANK YOU so much for your kind words. This style is called a swap quatrain. I learned of it on Poetry Soup and just fell in love with it! Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant January 10, 2021 Janice, I adore pantoums and I love “There’s Much to Be Said for Swings”. A beautiful trio of melodic poetry. Well done! Reply Janice Canerdy January 11, 2021 Thanks a million, Susan! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.