jillypoet: mom trying to write

Each day I wish I had invented waterproof sticky notes (for shower inspiration) or pen-friendly diapers to get down all my quirky thoughts that I am sure are relevant and publishable. And so God (actually another writer-mommy) sent me The Blog.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Things of Note, Beyond the Casual Glance: NaPo #3




Squirrels smart enough to turn around.
A cat with three legs,
teaching you how to climb a massive silver maple.
A lone blond child, spinning in wet leaves to a song
sung with words only she knows.
Making up your own language.
The poem whispered to a gray squirrel,
an old robin
and a fresh nuthatch
from the other side of a window.
Invitations to a party
written in crayon, two pennies taped inside.
How the seamless glide of new scissors on old fabric
renders a hand weightless, without muscle.
A morning spent counting dust motes in a sunbeam.
Gathering dust motes like fireflies in a jar.
Lighting a room with a canning jar full of nothing.
Leaving your front door wide open while you shop for groceries.
Feeding strangers bananas straight from a brown paper grocery sack.
Slipping through a crowd of familiars
without saying a word.
A simple sigh of relief on the other side.

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9 Comments:

Blogger Jan Doble said...

"How the seamless glide of new scissors on old fabric
renders a hand weightless, without muscle." AND
"A morning spent counting dust motes in a sunbeam." AND
"Slipping through a crowd of familiars
without saying a word" wow...what imagery!

10:33 AM  
Blogger pepektheassassin said...

Great imagery, yes! Good work, jilly. Only 27 more to go....

2:20 PM  
Blogger PDW said...

i like "feeding strangers bananas straight from a brown paper grocery sack."

4:13 PM  
Blogger chicklegirl said...

I also loved "How the seamless glide of new scissors on old fabric
renders a hand weightless, without muscle." I know exactly how that feels! Love how you call on all the senses for this.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

The familiars line is so beautiful.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Mariacristina said...

So many lovely thoughts and images, written in a delicate voice. An invitation to a day.

Your tree is amazing. Was kitty searching for a squirrel?

1:37 PM  
Blogger daisies said...

how incredibly beautiful, the imagery is so fantastic :)

3:25 PM  
Blogger Deborah Vatcher said...

This is lovely, every moment so vividly described, resonates with deeper experience.

8:29 PM  
Blogger jillypoet said...

Thank you, everyone! The picture is of my cat, Lena, the three-legged cat with about 6 lives left. I'm not sure if she was after a squirrel or a bird or just proving that she can still climb trees!

11:58 PM  

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