Taking a Pause…
We are having a retreat, and taking a pause in the normal routines of our lives, as we camp in north Arkansas between visits with family.
(I know, it’s not real camping if you have internet, but hey…let’s call it modern camping)
I ran across this month’s post by Michele Heinrich Barnes, a poet friend who interviews poets monthly who offer to the readers a challenge.
This month’s guest was the wonderful Amy Ludwig Vanderwater, whom I admire for her work and her inspirational sharing and teaching.
Her challenge was to write about something small, which we see everyday and give little thought to. Sitting here in the camper while it rains all over Arkansas I thought of various small things, but one came to mind that I encounter every day, and somewhat miss since I am away from home, apart from my dogs. I admit, the poem might be weather-inspired, with the pat-pat-pat-pat-pat of raindrops on the camper top providing a nap-inducing music.
Here’s the result, I hope you like it.
on morning’s bedroom floor,
between long stretches, yawns.
the tugs at bedside covers
pull my sheets,
beg for me to peek
—at least one eye—
to see a wide-eyed plea.
claws celebrate surrender.
I arise and stumble to the backyard door
accompanied by staccato joy.
A caesura, fermata—a pause.
my slow wake,
my long-drawn-out capitulated yawn
breaks short at
upon the door.
I let them in,
all four percussion-gifted paws.
My day begins
© Damon Dean, 2016