The Pleasures Of Ordinary Life

I've had my share of necessary losses,
Of dreams I know no longer can come true.
I'm done now with the whys and the becauses.
It's time to make things good, not just make do.
It's time to stop complaining and pursue
The pleasures of an ordinary life.

I used to rail against my compromises.
I yearned for the wild music, the swift race.
But happiness arrived in new disguises:
Sun lighting a child's hair. A friend's embrace.
Slow dancing in a safe and quiet place.
The pleasures of an ordinary life.

I'll have no trumpets, triumphs, trails of glory.
It seems the woman I've turned out to be
Is not the heroine of some grand story.
But I have learned to find the poetry
In what my hands can touch, my eyes can see.
The pleasures of an ordinary life.

Young fantasies of magic and of mystery
Are over. But they really can't compete
With all we've built together: A long history.
Connections that help render us complete.
Ties that hold and heal us. And the sweet,
Sweet pleasures of an ordinary life.

by Judith Viorst

Comments (22)

The Pleasures Of Ordinary Life are indeed sweet and so very satisfying and involved with others not just self! Very truthful poem
I'll have no trumpets, triumphs, trails of glory. It seems the woman I've turned out to be Is not the heroine of some grand story. But I have learned to find the poetry In what my hands can touch, my eyes can see. The pleasures of an ordinary life.'.....Often while pursuing great things in life we miss the pleasure in ordinary life offers. A great write with sweet flow. Very inspiring and meaningful. Congrats.
In our prime time, we compete so hard with each other for fame and glory that we hardly can see the 'pleasures of an ordinary life'. This poem has inspired me and augmented my faith that plain and simple living is the best policy. Congratulations to poet Judith Viorst for this being selected the 'Modern Poem of the Day'!
Beautiful poem. Pleasures of ordinary life are wonderful and satisfactory. We need to recognize the ills of too much competition. Love the lines of connectivity.....this is the link that we always have to keep strong. Congratulations and thank you for sharing.
i resonate with this celebration (not loud but steady and sure) of a life built with a lasting partner. this is what we do in such a life together—build a life, accumulate memories that warm and bind us. and who knows, thinking of eternity, what really will be lasting. fame in one place can be entirely unknown across the globe, and reputation and recognition can fade like last week's news. -gk
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