A Valediction to my last Decade. NaPoWriMo


DAY 6  OF NaPoWriMo :  Today’s prompt is to write a  you to write a valediction poem. So I have written one to my last decade  which has definitely not been my best!



To my last decade a Valediction.

I cannot say that I am sorry  to see you go

I have found you hard to cope with, but this you know.

So much have  we weathered together through this time

we have crawled through some valleys and had some mountains to climb.

Since I have been with you I have waved goodbye to my youth

I railed at the facts of life and fought the black dog and now I have accepted the truth.

You were there when I broke my back  you laid by  my hospital bed and whispered all night

I wept with frustration and fear you encouraged the black dog to attack and strike.

You told me I may never walk again, to give up and give in  but I would not listen.

You have done your best to hinder my progress  but I have beaten you, see my tears of pride glisten.

I have fought you and the black dog and I have beaten you in to a cocked hat.

I have out grown you and broken the ties you had held on to so tight. I have cut them what do you think of that!

I hated you you from the moment you arrived , you have done your best to beat me but I have survived.

So goodbye to this decade of my life  you have done your worst you dished me such dirt and made me feel cursed.

So goodbye, God bless, good riddens , adeiu. I shall never  ever let things get me down again like you do.

This year I shall be on to my next decade so I shall bid  goodbye. Take the black dog , HELL can have you.


Author: willowdot21

Female, wife, full time mother and Grandmother. I am not as happy go lucky as I used to be but I am still bubbling along on simmer! I have three handsome sons all grown and flown.The youngest married with a beautiful wife and two sons of his own. Eleven years ago I was working, running a home, driving and socializing then bang in a split second all that was gone. I had an accident at home. I broke my back, not for the first time, I had broken it 10 years previously as well. Unfortunately this time I had broken it really badly and it was truly messed up so I had to have two operations. I was told before each operation that the outcome could mean I spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair. Still as some guy once wrote "I am still standing " yes "better than I ever was " not quite but with the help of a walking stick and as long as I do not stand or sit in one position for too long, I am still standing! Update I no longer use the walking stick . I had lots of friends before the accident but when things like this happen, you loose most of them. Their lives move on and mine stood still and so they left me behind ...I know that is just the way life is but it hurt and always will. Then I looked around and saw those who were still there for me, these friends are the roses in my garden they need to be tended well. They are the diamonds in the dust, I will of been married 50yrs plus this year . Pain and boredom are my enemies now, I have to find different ways to approach life, use my pain befriend it almost...yer right , well that is what they tell me at the pain clinic ROFLMAO ...... if only I could! I have found an outlet for my fears, frustrations and night terrors . I have started writing poetry if that name can be applied to my writing. I hope I do not come over as a moaning winger. I hope I am past all that. I also hope that you might see how the poetry is moving from very dark through the grey and hopefully in to light ?? I need to update this a little here. I have worked very hard over the years since my accident, I go to the gym regularly, I have a Pilates class and a core class once a week . The guys at the gym and my Pilates teacher cajoled, teased, bullied and encouraged me to abandon my walking stick! :) My back is no longer straight it is C shaped because of the injury and I have lost two and a half inches in height but my Pilates and Core teachers have helped me to stand up as straight and as strongly as possible. Pain and depression are still hanging on my arm but I have weapons to use against them and if I say so myself I cope well. I have made lots of new friends, real diamonds. I am also very grateful for all the support and help I have encountered here on Wordpress. Hugs and welcome to everyone who visits.

33 thoughts on “A Valediction to my last Decade. NaPoWriMo”

  1. Wow, you broke your back? You managed to conquer that and walk again? No wonder you battled with depression, but what a testament to your spirit my friend. Colour me very impressed! Great poem too! 🙂

    1. Yes I did break my back, and I was in hospital for a month had two operations , months of physio and gym work and now four years later I have got rid of my walking stick and have been told if I keep exercising that I will avoid a wheelchair !! So it is the gym , pilates and a deep core class for me. I still get depressed when I think how my life suddenly but I am getting there!!I am glad you like the poem!

      1. Well all I can say is I admire your spirit, and I wish you the very best with your recovery. That is a major challenge to meet and takes great strength and courage. 🙂

  2. awesome poem.. about your back having been broken, its good to see that you are recovered and continuously get stronger and better.. You are indeed a strong woman who creates powerful poetry. 🙂

    1. Thanks Abitchica. It has not been a good decade but as it draws to a close I can look back and see that without the bad experiences I would never of started this blog or met you would I. The only way is up. 😉 xx

  3. Your an inspiration dear, hold your head high and be proud for all that you accomplished. 🙂

    1. Thank you for your kind words, it has been a trek but thats life and life makes us what we are. I have hated the Las ten years of my life it hit on my 50th birthday and went down from there! Marriage hassles work, depression then boom the accident. But now with 60 already in view I am determined to make a difference. Life is not a rehearsal, we pass this way but once. One exceptionally good thing about this nasty decade is I found WordPress and met you. 😉 xxxx

      1. awe shucks you are a doll, well here is to you and me and many more years on word press 😀

  4. so much to have to live through, Sweet Willow, and I join you in telling your Pain Filled Decade to depart and never darken your doorstep again. (a saying of My Mums, she was once smart cookie ) … Warmest of hugs to a survivor, and a person of huge spirit… Upwards and onwards lovely friend, the past is gone… the future beckons.. xPenx .

    1. Yes onwards and upwards we will progress. We shall move forward towards better times.Thank you for your support and thanks for reminding me what my mum used to say by saying what your mum used to say!! Be Gone Dark Days and never darken my doorstep again!

      1. Gooooooooooooooood 🙂 🙂 🙂 that was the whole point 🙂 to show you some LOVE – you show others love always always always – i think you are fantastic and have a beautiful open heart xo

    1. Thank you so much Cat I have to go now but I just wanted to wish you goodnight and say how beautiful I thought your music is . God bless you . xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  5. You are what I call a brave lass my dear Willowdot
    and you have done wonderfully well to get back on
    your feet amidst the negative attitude of you know
    who? 😦 Well done Willowdot you’re a star 🙂 🙂 xxx

  6. Love your fighting spirit…and your poetry! 🙂 What a great inspiration you are!

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