Leaving the House

November 1, 2011 at 3:37 PM 17 comments

Sometimes the simplest things…can be the toughest!

I’m not agoraphobic
Of that you can be certain
My domicile and I for miles
Have parted without hurtin’

Yet some might still mistake me
For such a timid mouse
Because it seems that lately
I cannot leave the house!

Every morning I awake
With plans to go outside and play
Yet most evenings I regret
I haven’t left the house quite yet

It’s not exactly that I fear it…
But simply that I can’t get near it!

I start out for a walk to find
I’ve left my keys or hat behind
Or haven’t had my breakfast yet
Or made my bed, or fed the pet

Or checked my email or my texts
Or read the mail to see what’s next
Or cleaned or dusted in a week
By then it’s noon, and time to eat

After lunch, I need a rest
They say a brief nap is the best
I reach to flip on the TV
They say it helps you get to sleep

At three I wake up with a start
A sinking feeling in my heart
I haven’t made it out the door
And pretty soon it’s pushing four

With panicked step I grab my gear
I really must get out of here!
I find my hat, my keys, my glasses
Although I’m moving like molasses

My hand is on the doorknob when
I pause to stop and think again
You know, the heat this time of day
Can cause a stroke, I’ve heard them say

Perhaps an after-dinner stroll
Would not take quite as big a toll?

There’s plenty I could do til then
Like post a tweet or call a friend
Or write a blog post for an hour
Or do my nails or take a shower

Or cook a meal or order dinner
I hear that new restaurant’s a winner
A Netflix movie, maybe two
I like the last one best, do you?

And pretty soon it’s time for bed
My hubby nods his sleepy head
And asks me as he toddles off,
“Hey…did you ever take that walk?”

Which stops me in my tracks
As I realize once again…
I’ve failed all day to make it out
And instead spent the day “all in”

No, I’m not agoraphobic
Of that I’ll never grouse
Cuz my biggest fear of all…
Is NOT ever leaving my house!


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