Sunday, November 17, 2013

Soft Pencil Poet

 "Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy."  ~ Anne Frank
 Plum Cake is very attached to her mama.  She has mommy radar and I can distract her for a while, but she soon remembers that she wants her mommy close by.  She's getting smarter and smarter.  Samantha wants her cousins close by.  She kept asking for them last night and wondered why they couldn't come over RIGHT NOW.  
 I DID manage a trip to Cost Plus (the import store) and found my tea!  I do actually DO what I say I might do sometimes.  Ha ha ha!  Did you read the comment Mags left?  She said to throw away the Lipton tea.  
 People were buying LOTS of stuff at Cost Plus.  They do have pretty things, linens and jewelry, scarves and Christmas finery.  I bought three things so I escaped without spending too much of my pocket money.
 Bird clothes pins.  SO CUTE!  
My honors students are going to read "To Build a Fire" by Jack London this week.  I found a quote from this very story.
"I write for no other purpose than to add to the beauty that now belongs to me."  ~Jack London

I was leafing through a sketch book and I found a poem that I wrote.  I tweaked it a bit (and will probably tweak it some more) and I shall share it with you.  It's about the miracle of words and the holy and ultimate Author of Everything and how our words are beyond our own intellect, really penned by heavenly beings.  I don't know what you think about that, but I hope you like the poem.
                 Soft Pencil Poet
Feathered fingers grasp the wood stick
 scooting soft scribblings upon page
   after page of identifying life pictures.

Slow breaths and fine-tuned ears listen
  for holy whispers and wing flutters
   before touching down deep with magically
     shaped word love, word gifts.

Blow softly, love script, blow.
Cover my heart with snug fittings, warm comfort,
  sharp inspiration.  Tuck away solid truth
    saved for empty days and hungry evenings.

I wish you a soft Sunday, a soft week.  I wish you covering and protection from some of the harsher blows life often delivers.


Farm Girl said...

I love your poem and I think it is just perfect. I am so glad you had babies come to visit. It does make your heart happy. I have a friend who was born in England and after she married she moved here. She told me that in England, they joke that they sell their used tea bags to Lipton for the Americans to use for tea. :) I laugh about that all of the time. Have a lovely Sunday

Fat Dormouse said...

I love the last line of your poem particularly "Tuck away solid truth saved for empty days and hungry evenings"

I'm glad you got your PG Tips - Mr FD snorted with laughter when I told him that! I will send you some flavoured teas of different types to try, for my dear blogging friend PomPom. Blessings to you and your family.

TexWisGirl said...

your little ones are so cute.

i had read a post on a blog recently about the fact that so many name-brand teas are riddled with pesticides and other toxic additives. really sad!

Betty said...

What a beautiful poem, a hidden talent, hope you will do more. Oh yes, lipton's just isn't it - you need PG or Tetley for a real cup of tea!

magsmcc said...

I like your Winnie the Pooh cups though. I love your poem. You are so gently soft and deeply wise xx

Susan B said...

I also love your poem. It's beautiful, and touching. Thank you for sharing. I love PG Tips tea too, though I haven't bought a box for awhile. Your grandchildren are so adorable!! And love those bird clothes pins, very cute! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. :)

Kit said...

Oh look at those clothes pins! I have never seen anything like those. :) Kit

Thistle Cove Farm said...

lovely poem, Pom, and like "tuck away solid truth saved for empty days and hungry evenings." Since Dave died, there have been so many.
The pins are so cute. I was raised on Lipton and it's a tad strong or perhaps that's how Mom made it.

Sherry said...

I would love to find some of those clothes pins! I can just imagine looking out at my clothesline and seeing all those red birds in a line. Too bad we don't have a Cost Plus, I'll have to look elsewhere.

Wishing you a soft, sweet week too, my friend.

M.K. said...

Hey, Pom -- I studied that London story with my 8th graders for several years. Pretty brutal! There's also a good short "movie" video of it, and it follows the story so very closely. Here is a link to it, in its entirety, on Youtube. Or you might be able to find it on Netflix, or perhaps you school has resources for videos. If you have time for it with your kids, and don't mind using videos occasionally, this is a good one. The narrator uses much text from the story.