Suppose a mysterious voice
asked what’s the one thing
which remains undone
that you would risk all
for a chance to accomplish
before you kick the bucket list?

Become a madcap millionaire?
Travel the world without a care?
Write a novel the world esteems?
Meet the fantasy lover of your dreams?
Be chosen by God to know Him distilled of myth?
Don the crown of Richard IV, hence Richard the Fifth?

Frankel and friends, forget it.
Consider yourself fortunate if you
come across a poem which imagines
the experiences you were open to
when you left to visit the musings
of a muse with a bucket but no list.



  1. mistermuse says:

    Perhaps I should have footnoted this poem to explain that “Don/Frankel” is a long-time internet friend, and “Richard IV” is Don’s pet name for fellow-follower & friend “arekhill 1” (first name Richard, whom I call “Ricardo”).


  2. arekhill1 says:

    Well, we don’t need no stinking footnotes over here, Sr. Muse. And I’ll happily drink to Richard the Fifth, or out of him, as the case may be.


  3. mistermuse says:

    I heard that Richard III’s bones, which were found under a parking lot 3 years ago, were reburied last Sunday in a lead-lined coffin. I fervently hope, when the time comes, that Richard IV’s bones meet a kinder fate in both regards, because not only is a parking lot a heavy weight to bear, but lead poisoning can kill you.


  4. Love your poem, mistermuse.


  5. Don Frankel says:

    Just don’t kick it Muse. Just don’t kick it.

    I will drink to this.


  6. mistermuse says:

    Having already kicked the list, I’m in no hurry to kick the bucket, Don. Cheers!


  7. literaryeyes says:

    Bucketlistless here. Good poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. mistermuse says:

    I’ve never had a formal bucket list. but I did made a non-New Year’s resolution to see all 50 states. That accomplished, I am also now “bucketlistless.”


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