Bobbie Troy

To Avoid a Meaningless Life
By Bobbie Troy

we play, study, work hard,
and save for retirement
along the way
we try to have fun, get to know
ourselves and others,
sometimes cry, laugh, and pray
and always try to keep busy
as if idleness were a sin
and we could not live
with our own silence

we experience anger, joy, and grief
and try hard to handle life’s problems
we raise our children, and be what we
think we should be

we often forget to say “I love you”
to those close to us
many times we forget to stop
and appreciate the moment
and always forget that we can just
be ourselves

we do all these things and more
while trying to fill the tabula rasa
we were given at birth
all these things and more
to avoid a meaningless life

Bobbie Troy maintains her sanity and perspective on life by writing poetry, flash fiction, and original fairy tales with a 21st century twist. Her work appears in many online and print journals. Her poem, Dear Diane, was nominated for a 2010 Pushcart Prize (; her fairy-tale play, Sasha and the Tree of Sorrows, was produced in March 2011; and her poem, Dear Diane (Letter 2), was nominated for the 2012 Best of the Net. Bobbie also served on the Editorial Board for Saltain, a collection of poetry by Alice Shapiro. As a latecomer to the published author scene, Bobbie is proud of the fact that her first poem was published at the age of 62.


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6 Responses to Bobbie Troy

  1. spakravan says:

    So true in its perfect simplicity.

  2. Judith says:

    another great one Bobby…

  3. vision791 says:

    There’s always a life lesson or message in each of Bobbie’s poems.

  4. bobbietroy says:

    Thank you so much, everyone! I appreciate the feedback.

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