On the first and last day
On the first and last day, She said:
Let there be light in dark corners
Music in the streets with dancing
Pardon for everyone laboring
Under the grand delusion that
Time and good-will effort will solve
Every problem we’ve conceived
And brought to late and early-term birth
Now scattered across the face of the waters
The forests the rivers and the high places
The poem isn’t an effort to solve our environmental problems. It’s another way of pointing to them, regardless of what happens next. We can’t dance them away, as if they weren’t that bad. We can, however, step back and come at this in a different way. We need more than well-intended efforts to do (or feel) good.
This morning feels a bit chaotic. Day 1 of work on our bedroom and den. In the meantime, orderly chaos reigns in our offices and the attic. So far I’ve managed to keep my protected zones of sanity clear of clutter, though I’m already hazy about where we squirreled things away.
Hoping for breaks in today’s cloudy sky, and an opportunity to walk outside with D.
© Elouise Renich Fraser, 9 September 2019
Image of street band at SXSW in Austin, Texas, found at Flickr.com
Novelty is good for the soul, so I learned from online course “The Human Animal Bond” I think novelty/change can be very healthy especially when it is planned.
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Hi, Dave! We’re definitely swamped by change right now–D and I, that is. Hoping for a creative, healthy and even adventuresome outcome of this bit of chaos. Thanks for your comment. It reminded me that we did indeed plan this. 🙂
As Carol continues to weaken we have had to make many home improvements. Amish builders built a “shed/ solarium/ conservatory/ part- time garage with a deck and ramp connecting house to “shed”. The ramp goes into the “She shed” for easy access to our car when needed. We figure we may not get long-term use of all the changes but it will be available for whoever the next owners may be.
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Wow. What a great idea. There are probably lots of older couples who would love a house already outfitted like that. I love the name, too — She shed! Most appropriate. It reminds of that old say-this-a-hundred-times-without-stopping challenge: “She shells seashells by the seashore.” Seriously, I pray all is going as well as possible for you and Carol right now.