Friday, October 3, 2014

The "To Do" List Can Wait


The "To Do" List Can Wait

Against the smell of sun-drenched fields
and freedom I lean,
summer wound tightly against my back -

I'm loath to move.  I can't afford
to indulge, but cocooned in knitted wonder,
blue sky upon my face, I cave -

especially when the rickety fence,
threadbare barn, and old southern oak
gleam as if a rainbow's bounty.

by Margaret Bednar, October 3, 2014

This if for "Imaginary Garden of Real Toads - Flash Fiction 55" -  which will be up and running Saturday afternoon.  I'm a bit early - I have a busy day ahead of me as (confessed above)  I spent my day lounging and enjoying this gorgeous day.    The "knitted" wonder (in my poem) is a taupe hand-knitted shawl with 3 large buttons.  I might not take it off until spring :)

And nothing smells better, in my opinion, than a fresh bale of hay.  Except maybe homemade apple pie.

23 comments:

kaykuala said...

Old and ordinary but they can be just as colorful. Good write Marge!

Hank

TexWisGirl said...

nice.

Helen said...

Stunning photo! And I so agree with you when it comes to hay and apple pie!

Grace said...

I love autumn's bounty ~ Enjoy your weekend ~

Carrie Van Horn said...

So very true and beautiful Margaret. Autumn is a lovely season to stop and relish. :-)

Kerry O'Connor said...

Such a pretty picture! Both in words and image.

hedgewitch said...

I enjoy being cocooned, and lazing. These are very valuable skills in retirement, btw, so consider that you are *at work* on honing them, Margaret. Loved this, as Kerry says, words and image both.

Hannah said...

Love the list-y-ness and beauty in your closing descriptions...beautiful, Margaret!

Fireblossom said...

We are human beings, not human doings! ;-)

I felt relaxed just from reading this! There is nothing like a good comfy spot, a favorite soft shawl or sweater, and a few moments when there is nothing that needs doing that can't wait a bit. Lovely!

Also I really like the image. I'd love to know more about it.

Margaret said...

Shay - this scene is one I drive by every time I go to the horse barn. It is usually no grand site. But the morning was misty and it caught my eye. Good thing no one was behind me because I just had to stop and take a photo - I used Waterlogue app on my iPhone to make it look like a water color painting.

Björn Rudberg said...

Yesterday was a gorgeous day to procrastinate - wonderful to feel that last warmth before the season of wet wool is upon us.

Outlawyer said...

Sounds good to me--your descriptions cocoon the reader--Thanks! I lost first comment, so I am posting this from my other ID. (This is manicddaily, Karin.)

k.

R.K. Garon said...

Thanks! Inspired me to get out of my slippers, put on a pair of shoes, a sweater and my hat to go shuffle in the leaves.
:-)
ZQ

Magaly Guerrero said...

If we don't put those To Do List on their place, then we might never get a chance to do any living...

Susan said...

Oh, yes! If this wasn't on your to-do list, it should have been. Love the art work and poem together, with summer coiled up against your back. Sweater days. Love them.

TALON said...

This was beautiful, Margaret! Nothing like snuggling up against the coming winter. :)

Katy Magee said...

Sometimes the most productive thing, is nothing.

And MMmmmmm I love me some fresh hay bales!

Susie Clevenger said...

Beautiful..love how you turned the photo (I assume it is a photo) into a painting

Gail said...

Beautiful

Marian said...

i was hoping you'd post a photo of your hand-knit cocoon :)

Jim said...

Lazy days are fun, Margaret. Even more fun when we talk about or read about one. You gave us a fine read.
It all seems nice when we catch on that we can paint the barn tomorrow.
..

Poet Laundry said...

What you do on your iPhone is amazing. Yes, the To Do List can wait!

manicddaily said...

Cannot see you as lazy! k.