“In The Year Twenty Ten” Vicki Batkin

i will hear the sounds
of gentle rain.

i will breathe
in and out,
slowly enough
to hear
slow down.

i will embrace
my husband’s snoring,
as my new lullaby.

i will wear
a smile with promise.
my stride
will follow.

i will shut off the water
while brushing my teeth.
spit out less
look into the mirror more.

i will glide
across the room,
wearing three inch
black stilettos

i will live.
i will want.
i will change.
i will love.
i will laugh.
i will cry.
i will drink
and eat
i will dance.
i will gain 5
and loose 10.
i will be grateful
and un-grateful
i will stand
i will fall….

in the year Twenty Ten.

Vicki Batkin

Photo by Alexis Rhone Fancher

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© 2010


  1. lkthayer · January 4, 2010

    Vicki, I love this, thank you for saying this for all of us!! So beautiful! xoxo LK 🙂

  2. Jaymie · January 4, 2010


  3. Yousei Hime · January 4, 2010

    This is wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing it!!! My favorite bit . . . i will embrace
    my husband’s snoring,
    as my new lullaby.

    Growing up with loud snorers, I love listening to my poor husband some nights. If for no other reason than it brings my father and grandfather right back home for a few moments.

  4. Julie · January 6, 2010

    I love this, especially the litany at the end. Fabulous are you, dahling.


  5. Adesh Kaur · January 9, 2010

    Oh Vicki. This poem left me breathless with it’s intimacy. It felt like a whisper & a prayer, yet it’s clearly a ring it out anthem. What a GREAT poem! You really knocked this one into my heart.

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