My Ode to 2012

Day 15: Poetic License

Maybe you’re not a poet, or maybe you are a poet and you’ve had writer’s block for a long time. Take this opportunity to write a poem. It can be a limerick, a haiku, or any kind of poem, and it doesn’t have to rhyme. Bonus points if you write an “ode to 2012”.

My Ode to 2012

2012 started off just like the rest,

New goals to write down, follow and test.

Home for winter break, to see friends and fam,

Then back to UMD, for more dancing and BAM.

Competitions galore, we went from place to place,

From UPenn to MIT, back to BAM practice space.

Spent my birthday on a bus, which had some of its perks,

Got a surprise birthday cake that turned on the waterworks.

And the crying never ended, for many months it went on,

Due to stress and anxiety, from dusk until dawn.

To the point where it was a joke, between all of my friends,

While we did Insanity for 50 days, one of the new workout trends.

Spring break came and went, but without tragic news,

My father now has cancer, from the smoking and booze.

Summer break was spent with every week in the city,

To take dad to chemo, where he charmed nurses by being witty.

School picked it up high gear, with the comps and the diss,

Which I passed despite sickness – thank God it wasn’t a total miss.

But pass I did manage, and then with the help of my friends and alum,

All of my diss data was collected, accounted for and done.

Then it was off to some schools, to find the best academic job,

Long days of meetings with every Dick, Jane, and Bob.

A teaching presentation and research talk, with questions in between,

It seemed like the end was nowhere to be seen.

But wait! Isn’t life the most wonderful thing,

I was greeted at home with an engagement ring.

Not only did I have this good news, to holler and hoot,

But an early Christmas present, which was an iPad to boot.

So 2012 had its ups and its downs,

Many moments with smiles, and even some frowns.

But I wouldn’t have asked for a year with anything more,

And now I am excited for what 2013 has in store.

2012 was a great year! Looking forward to 2013!

2012 was a great year! Looking forward to 2013!

About Rowena Winkler

Passionate Performer, Speaker and Writer by Calling, Dancer of All Good Beats, Yoga Practitioner and Enthusiast, Spiritual Trustee of the Universe, Traveler of Many Distant Lands, Lover of Derek the Logical but Amiable, Mother of Eponine/Dex/Teyla, Architect of Spoken Word Poetry, Trainer in the Craft of Communication, Unapologetic Individual, First of Her Name.
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