On, In, and Around Mondays: The River Waves
I go to be alone. It's been a long week. And I took note, this morning, of a headline about how the most successful business people really know how to take a weekend.
My weekend has been okay so far. But my mind can hardly wrap itself around the day. Even though I've trimmed bushes, watered the cucumbers, scattered two children's treasure bags of seashells into my little herb garden.
Under the pine, I've stood and sprayed the white parasites from the underside of the branches, noting how such tiny, tiny insects have begun to suck the life out of my dear tall loved-one. (Maybe you remember how I sat under her, days and nights, for a year.)
Such tiny deaths, over and over, I think. These are what could bring her down.
I spray and think of the contrast. My pine slow-dying. My garden, slow-treasuring into a miniature memory of the sea.
How does a life slow-die, or slow-live? Can it be as simple as taking it one day at a time, and choosing the treasuring?
It might be.
So I listen to the tiredness inside me, and I go to the river, where I see pairs of geese and pairs of boats bobbing on the waves. A rolling repetition that soothes anyone who would take the time to see.
I watch the joy of children, so self-possessed in how they touch the day.
The water mesmerizes. Its motion. Its diamond dazzle. Its sound against the rocks.
I let it all wash over me. The breeze, the joy, the sounds. I can feel the fatigue falling away.
Yes, I stay longer than I planned. The sun begins to set. And I am one now, with the waves. We move together, it seems, to lap our treasures to the shore.
On, In and Around Mondays (which partly means you can post any day and still add a link) is an invitation to write from where you are. Tell us what is on, in, around (over, under, near, by...) you. Feel free to write any which way... compose a tight poem or just ramble for a few paragraphs. But we should feel a sense of place. Would you like to try? Write something 'in place' and add your link below.
If you could kindly link back here when you post, it will create a central meeting place. :)
This post is also shared with Laura Boggess, for...