One Stanza Poem O138

When you’ve got no car,
And you’ve got no house –
When you’ve got no kids,
And you’ve got no spouse –
Ain’t even got a honey –
You can have lots of money –
Energy and time on your hands –
Without all those demands –
On you!

07.30.10 – 08.09.10





Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…


It’s true. I have none of these things and/or people that most people have in theirs that make demands on their lives, and it allows me to live a very independent life where I can do pretty much what I want. In a society that stresses relationships and life behaviours like buying homes to get settled and such, I am balking the trend, though it’s not like I was ever in the trend for anything. I have a great job, superb health and I make the most of what both enable me to do in life.

While this is just a poem, I actually was humming it to phrases of songs from the musical Wicked, when I wrote it out on July 30th, 2010. I only edited one word later, Ain’t, and that made for the later completion date, to make it fit better to a phrase.

It’d be neat to just sing it for someone sometime when someone asks me how I manage to do all the things that I do. 🙂

The O-series of poems are one stanza poems composed before I got onto writing haiku and tanka, and short poetry while in action or traveling by select means like plane or ferry. These poems are 3-9 lines long with at least one rhyming couplet, and not of the short forms just mentioned. For the sake of elegance, I just called the collection One.


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