life is all about routine…

I suppose


wake up

hit the head

walk the dog

feed the dog

wash the day’s dishes

shortly before bed

walk the dog

hit the head

go to bed


I wonder if my routine

is like anyone else’s

does someone else

live a life like mine

or am I just a boring hump


I have to walk the dog soon

the routine starts again tomorrow


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I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on January 18, 2016, in Poetry, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 60 Comments.

  1. Sounds more like a rut than a routine. We all have drab periods in our lives at times. On top of all that, today is called “Blue Monday” in some places. 😉

  2. Sometimes that routine is a blessing… we just don’t realize it. Then again I could be wrong.

  3. Routine is my key to everything.

    • Thank you, Kevin! 🙂 If the routine helps in accomplishing things throughout the day it is a help rather than a rut which can be a hindrance.

      • Most everything I have and will attempt will happen because I make a small thing a part of my daily routine. Building a business, maintaining fitness, even keeping Waco in my life are all about having routines. I guess some people might see them as ruts, but they give me joy.

        • I’ve always been a creature of habit anyway, like you said. It can help get things done and help to avoid procrastination which is something that causes me to fall behind often.

  4. eyes pried open by
    3 and 5 year old
    shower listening to kiddie tv
    breakfast—them and me
    pack lunches
    get them out door with Maman
    work Mon and Wed
    high power job
    grammie duty other days
    12-step meeting and
    lunch with friends
    if lucky
    pick up 3 and 5 year old
    from ecole bilingue
    dinner for them
    dinner for me
    alone at last
    watch all 6 episodes of girl with dragon tattoo
    on netflix
    swedish version of course
    one delicious night at a time
    put this 72 year old
    with aching bones
    to bed early so I can
    start all over again tomorrow

    Your life, John, feels like a gentle breeze!
    It’s why you write beautiful poetry and I procrastinate

  5. Yours is the basis of almost everyone’s life but there are just more or perhaps different things in-between for other people. You must have other things, explore, enjoy, experiment, but don;t forget to walk the dog.

  6. I got a dog too and yes, that’s how it works with dogs 😄👍

  7. Yep, that’s why some genius came up with ‘SSDD’: “same shit different day”. Often life becomes so ‘deja vu’: like constantly reliving one day, over and over again. Like a neverending nightmare.

  8. Once again you are terrific! Doesn’t that get boring after a while?! Have a glorious day!

    • Thank you! 🙂 Routines can get boring and so repetitive that you just want to get off the treadmill and move in a new direction. That’s something we have to do to keep ourselves sane.

  9. The older we get the more we appreciate routine. I have always liked to have meals at set times and have a day for shopping, a day for exercise,a day for meetings and a day to lounge in front of the TV ( not aLL day – Best when Strictly Come Dancing is on)
    Then, on holiday, we don’t read papers, don’t use a mobile phone and do things ‘off the cuff.’ It’s fun, but we are always glad to get back to our usual routine.

    • Thank you, Julie! 🙂 Having things liked up in a routine can help us accomplish more but the idea of breaking it up and doing something different is a great idea too.

  10. You forgot the part of your routine where you write very good.
    Was a fun post to read.

  11. These are the backbones of our life that stop everything from crumbling around us. They give structure and purpose. The dog is a reason to wake and leave the confines of my bed, that and the fact that first light is all mine, stolen if only briefly, to call my own.

    • Thank you, Annie! 🙂 You’re right. The routine might be boring sometimes but it does help us get things done. It’s great to meet you!

      • Likewise.

        Think ahead to the day that you wake up and the dog is no longer there…. it hits hard and it hurts. They give such a sense of purpose to my life that without them (now just one of course) it would be all too easy to fall into the middle of my day without any concept of time or place and wake up in Cardiff in my pyjamas.

  12. When life gives you circles, start zig zaggin! Lol 🙂

  13. I used to despise routines but now that I’m a little older, I don’t mind them as much. I do like to change it up or else I’ll go crazy but a steady pace can be peaceful at times. I guess it’s all a matter of perspective like everything else.

  14. Oh and I love this poem! I forgot to add that part. lol

  15. I find comfort in routine…in addition to walking the dog, I feed the cats! 😉

  16. all are run by a hectic schedule or but in fact this hectic schedule is something that run this frantic brain.

  17. I like how you did that: move from existential to practical, and back and forth. I came upon this by Karl Rahner who speaks a little about “routine.” I hope it is food for thought… or fuel for you as you walk your dog:

  18. Just imagine only eating once, never to eat again. Just think of growing tired and being able to only sleep once. Just think of receiving a gift only once never to get one ever again. God has ordained order to this life, and when it is over we will enter into an entirely different reality. I hope that reality is a good one for all that read this reply.

  19. Incredibly mundane! Great 🙂

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