Loving every crazy minute


Loving every crazy minute,
in love with just being alive,
Inhaling destiny choosing
meaning defying obstacles.

No euphoric trumpet call when
Loving every crazy minute.
Don't forsake shadowy darkness,
embrace tears of joy and sorrow. 

Daring to trudge muddy trails and
even when sickness brushes by
Loving every crazy minute,
Embracing a quiet rhythm.

Take long deep sips of renewal
Surrender, let go of control,
Whatever may happen is life
Loving every crazy minute.


This poem is a second  quatern  in response to Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge #12.   The refrain in this poem is inspired by  Jack Kerouac’s words: ‘Be in love with your life. Every minute of it’.  As I shared in an earlier post, these words are inscribed on the front of a journal  I  recently received as a  gift.

Jane Dougherty’s guidelines for writing a quatern for this challenge are quoted below.  Please follow the challenge link above to read her quatern and to find links to other responses to the challenge.

A quatern, if you didn’t already know is a poem of sixteen lines divided into four stanzas with a refrain that changes place in each stanza . The only other rules are:

Each line must have eight syllables

The first line (the refrain) becomes the second line of the second stanza, third line of the third and last line of the completed poem.

There are no restrictions on rhyme or metre…

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21 thoughts on “Loving every crazy minute

      1. It is attractive, though the man himself had some serious issues. I read his book, the one he write in 3 weeks while high on benzedrine (on the road?) and it was interesting to say the least. He was one of a kind.

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  1. I love this, Janice – an anthem to life I would say. ‘Don’t forsake shadowy darkness/
    embrace tears of joy and sorrow’. So often we try to push away pain, problems and I am beginning to think that instead of fighting it, for those moments we do have to live with them, accept them as much as we do those of joy and happiness. Thank you also for explaining ‘quatern’.

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