Monday, June 04, 2007

all the pretty ones in a row


If you have not yet seen this video, go check it out. A lovely afternoon kind of thing. Makes you want to walk through an art gallery, your hands folded behind your back, or perhaps your feet tucked under your legs, a sketch pad balanced on your narrow knee. Charcoal, pastels, oil, watercolor. Create.


The last week of school: cardboard boxes, binders end up, jeopardy scrawled on the white board, final exams, number two pencils, paper bag textbook covers, recycling bins overflowing, papers fluttering over the balcony like oversized confetti, great whoops in the hall and hollering, and soon, saying goodbye to the smooth texture of walls I put so many staples into, the wood cut pencil sharpener, the view of the football field, the reflective white boards, the colors gold and red, the wobbly desk drawer.


At home: dogs and guttural noises, tufts of fur like dandelion fuzz, seedlings making it through the night, soaking up the rain, flip flops chewed through, a stack of overdue library books, lack of sleep bags and damp beneath the eyes, fresh laundry, chocolate cake, homebrewed beer, wet noses, making it outside just before a puppy accident, leaning into him, the weight of me against the weight of his homecoming.


The smallest things: the ladybug determined on the mushrooms, no bigger than a thumbnail.


The faithful things: flowers we swear must be false (we have not had to get new ones, over a week now still), flowers that will top our cake and need the delicate structure an sipping cups, flowers that grow in our garden, flowers that come from bulbs and will return each year to greet us anew, in each of our changes, they are steadfast.

More faithful things: a marriage, now in two months and seven days. A dress still in reams of silky ivory, a sewing machine in anticipation, invitations smoothly run off the press. Our rings, nestled in velvet pouches, waiting for everyday use.

14 comments:

Emma said...

What a beautiful post, all around!

I love the rows of mushrooms.

Rose Dewy Knickers said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I love your dogs. :)

Rose

xo

GreenishLady said...

The way you describe your world touches my heart in strange little ways. Wonderful!

Deb G said...

This is very sweet. Your rows of mushrooms have me thinking....

eireann said...

pretty mushroom.
xo

angela said...

love the mushrooms! and the image of the rings waiting for everyday use, so very sweet and well written:)

Alex said...

I love that lady bug. The color is so deep.

Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

Hi,

I’m hosting the Ringing of the Bards poetry blog carnival, June 16. If you’d like to be included, leave a comment here or email me at tielansari @ gmail dot com any time through June 15.

Any style is welcome, but I’m particularly showcasing formal poetry this time around.

Don’t forget to come back and see the carnival!

KeLL said...

I helped pick those mushrooms. And when I got home, I found that mushrooms had sprouted in my yard. I didn't like them though. I'm afraid Logger will have a feast of them.

Sentient Marrow said...

I love the mushroom exhibit! Thanks for commenting on my blog. I noticed on your blog that you are doing a 365 blog... I am, too, but under my real name which I try to keep separate from my Sentient Marrow name. So, if you see a new post on your 365 blog later tonight, know that it is from me. Unfortunately I have an irl person who occasionally searches my name, which is rather unusual, and finds me.

Bug said...

I'm glad you visited my blog, since I now foudn yours! What beautiful pictures and writing. You asked about my MFA program, let me know if you have specific questions. In general, I couldn't recommend it more highly. It's through Lesley Univ. in Cambridge,and it's low-residency, so you can go and still work full time.

GreenishLady said...

Hi! Having read your comment on my 'town and country' piece, I'm back to say I hadn't known you had fixed on Ireland for the honeymoon. I hope you two have a wonderful time here. If you haven't been before and you have any questions, email me.

Crafty Green Poet said...

a beautifully put together piece! I like the rows of mushrooms.

platinum blonde said...

what a fantastic post!