A Festive Apology – Poem for #NovPAD Day 5

Today’s November Poem A Day prompt was festivities.

A Festive Apology

I am sorry that I cannot join in the festivities for I am not feeling well.
My wallet is quite empty, and my back–it hurts like hell.
I already went out once this week, and that’s about all I can take,
for weighing cost-benefit analysis, I see everything that’s at stake.
I’d really love to join you on every every little jaunt,
but my life currently can’t give me all I want.
Since the start of winter I’ve seen exponential gains
in the varying levels of my chronic pain,
so I will just lay here and try to watch the news,
and if I am lucky, maybe take a little snooze.
You might find it a bit disrespectful and somewhat out of whack,
if instead of joining you I stay home and make a snack.
Please forgive me, dear friend, if I do not make the trek
that would increase our friendship from a tiny speck.
I’ll still live vicariously through photos that you post,
even if your company is what I desire most.
I hope that you will fill your days with a lot of fun.
I’ll be under my blanket until there is more sun.
It’s not that I am not interested, but merely that I lack
the funds and necessary stamina to do anything but slack.

D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang of Vallejo, CA is the author of nine poetry collections, including 2016's Poet Loiterer which Kirkus Reviews described as containing "Free-spirited ideals couched in fairly infectious rhymes." She enjoys performing her poems at open mics and entering them in county fairs.