Day 2547: What’s this?

What’s this?

It’s the two thousandth,  five-hundredth, and forty-seventh consecutive day of blogging in The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally!

What’s this?


It’s something I liked on Twitter that explains our current political situation.

What’s this?


It’s an interesting article from the New Yorker  I was reading on my phone yesterday.

What’s this?


It’s my too-large wedding ring on a hand that needs a manicure.

What’s this?



It’s Oscar, on a cold New England day.

What’s this?


It’s Annia from Lunaris Jewels responding to my message about my too-large wedding ring.

What’s this?






It’s Louis, Michael, and Robert at Men’s Wearhouse in Braintree.

What’s this?

It’s a song I started writing this morning:

What’s This?

by Ann Koplow

What’s this in your brain

That’s driving you insane?

That keeps you up at night

That dims your special light?

What’s this in your head

That fills your head with dread?

That makes your blood run cold

And freeze as you grow old?

Is it fear of the unknown?

Is it knowing you’re alone?

Is it worry, shame, or doubt?

All your critics, inside and out?

What’s this in your mind

That turns your vision blind?

That makes it hard to see

With any certainty?

Is it danger all around?

Believing you’re on shaky ground?

Is it thinking that it’s just

Never safe enough to trust?

What’s this in your soul

Feeling like a deep, dark hole?

That makes you want to hide

And never go outside?

Is it reality breaking through

With shocking news you never knew?

Or false negativity

Tinting everything you see?

What’s this song’s intent?

What is even meant?

What is its writer’s goal

Evoking brain, mind, head, and soul?

Should you try to banish fear?

Is that what I’m saying here?

Feel the fear, do it anyway?

Go out and face each brand new day?

Or am I warning you

That your fears are really true?

That it isn’t safe out there?

If you do move, step with care?

How many in this room

Think this is a song of doom?

How many of you hear

A call to let go of your fear?

How many are unaware

Of why people’s hands are in the air?

How many just don’t care?

Did anybody note

That I didn’t cast a vote?

For me the jury’s out

What this song is all about.

© Ann Koplow, 2019

What’s this?

It’s “What’s This”  from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

What’s this? You’re thinking of leaving a comment?  You can do so, down below.

What’s this?

It’s thanks for being YOU.

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28 thoughts on “Day 2547: What’s this?

  1. Well, let’s figure out how to keep that ring on securely through the ceremony, Ann, as we make it work until the right-sized one arrives!

  2. so funny, I was going to mention the song from ‘nightmare before Christmas’, one of my favorite soundtracks and movies. ‘what’s this?’, is a wonderful thing, because life is all about curiosity, wonder, and discovery.

  3. Curiosity is a wonderful thing, and reminds me that Jack didn’t just look at the world but wanted to be part of it. It’s fantastic how you engage with the world—and are soon to be more than just engaged!

  4. What’s this?
    I have been pondering for more years than I can remember, I ponder still.
    I will be pondering if my last breath is my last breath – but not just yet.
    Now that is a suit and a half!


    Thank YOU Ann! I enjoy your kitty posts, photos and today what looks like a very good New Yorker article. Happy holidays and congratulations!
    Kelly (from Fringe)

    • What’s this? It’s the wonderful actor and lovely person I met at the Fringe! I’m so happy to hear from you, Kelly! ❤

  6. What’s this? Another great post by Ann! Merry Christmas!

  7. Hi Ann,
    What’s this – you are getting married – how exciting!!
    How much have I missed – being gone for so long!!
    I especially like that colorful suit – did he buy it?
    Can’t wait to hear your song!!

  8. puella33

    This is supposed to be a happy occasion, why are we concentrating on mortality? I like the humor with the red suit. Five more days to go, Ann. Enjoy your day

  9. Thank goodness Michael didn’t choose the Santa suit. What’s this? He looks sharp ❣️

  10. I have no idea what this is or what that was, damn I often haven’t a clue where or were I am generally I just stumble along blind trying to find my way through life

  11. Michael looks awesome in his suit!

  12. I haven’t been on the blogs for a week and I find you got married… or are getting married??? Well Mazel Tov!! Happy Chanukah!!

    • What’s this? It’s my friend and beautiful blogger from DailyMusings! We’re getting married on Friday, Lisa, during Chanukah!

  13. That Turkish proverb is awesome. Michael’s suit is a better fit than the Santa one.

  14. Pingback: Day 2587: Kind of a Big Deal | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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