Sunday, July 31, 2016

July 31, 2016 The Sunday Whirl -- Sunday's Whirigig -- Poets United Poets Pantry/A Poem Today

A Poem Today

turn the page      dip your toe in the chilly waters        unfettered by past obligations

at last          you sit comfortably in your chair            no more worries

watch the morning unfold      turn around       check the footprints you leave behind

traces of your being      stretch out on the grass         examine the clouds

find animals and people       kings and queens               elephants and things

confident you did your best     your enemies may hide in ambush      still you do not worry

there is much to be done      thrust your pen to paper        train your eye on the horizon

you speak the language of ordinary sheep             often misunderstood

still to be on the safe side        you spell the words aloud                twist them

seek new meanings           sort them into families            slowly they begin to bloom

like flowers in springtime      they spill onto your apron     quickly you put them on the grill

heat them up                     cook them through                  it is no safe place after all

the bobble doll wobbles         repeats words and phrases                forward and back

strings them together       like popcorn ropes at christmas      drapes them across the page

July 31, 2016

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