Bucket List Poem

We Write Poems shot a peculiar writing prompt – Write a Bucket List poem. Here are the basics. And here is my list:

1. Go bungee jumping! 2. Go scuba diving! 3. Visit India. and 4. Travel ’round the world.

Of course, there are a lot more, yet the purpose is not to outline a detailed wished-for course of one’s life, but rather, to produce a palatable poem around a couple of them. And here is the English version of my

Bucket List Poem

Go bungee jumping!

Feel the air bursting by my ears.

Have my mouth filled with

blasting yells

And my heart throbbing in a craze

of thrilled adrenaline.

Go scuba diving!

Try and breathe from a device

Have my body trapped inside

a nylon cladding.

Have my ears stuffed to deafness.

And my eyes filled with

the unspeakable of underwater.

Visit India!

Imbibe the mystery of ancient teachings

Get bathed in the mysery of modern slums.

Enjoy the abundance of

holiness and



Travel ’round the world!

Have my memo notes

Crowded with trifle pieces of facts.

Have my agenda packed with

a diversity of opposing extremities.

And celebrate the dazzling degrees

of drowsiness, and dread,

of dream and danger

self-fulfilling and fulfilled.

12 replies on “Bucket List Poem”

  1. irene says:

    I like “drowsiness and dread”. Which kind of sums up my feeling about extreme sports but I love the travel bits. A refreshing read. Yay!

  2. Irene – thank you a lot for reading! As for extreme sports – my atttitude to the “practical” thing is one of dread, for sure. Yet, in art;-), I feel more relaxed about it.

  3. I really like the self-fulfilling and fulfilled ending of your poem 😉 I’ve done the scuba diving and can only recommend it, not sure about the bungee jumping. India and travelling the world are also on my list 🙂

  4. Flying Monkey – thanks a lot for reading and commenting! Glad to hear our lists share some items 🙂

  5. I like your list – I’m too old and fragile for bungee jumping, but I can recommend scuba diving unreservedly. Not scary: sumptuous. The chap who taught me (I was already old and a bad anaesthetic risk) told us that they’d taught a nonagenarian safely, to fulfil his bucket list.

    I feel there are two poems here – the last stanza could stand alone effectively.

  6. viviene – Thank you a lot for the appreciation! It seems scuba diving is far better prefered. And regarding the last stanza – maybe, yes. Now that I read it again, i see you are right.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    I like your list. And agree with Viv about the last stanza. It incorporates the other verses and the last line is deeply satisfying,


  8. Elizabeth – I appreciate you liked it and commented. Glad to hear my audience likes my list!

  9. I like intoxicating nature of this poem!

  10. Jeanne – hi, thank you for this nice opinion! If it was intoxicating, I’m happy!

  11. gautami – thanks a lot!

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