Sunday, June 3, 2012

Magpie Tales: Pour me, another


Gertes, via Magpie Tales

The sky is a sigh, spread
Tree to tree,
Blue egg to blue
In a nest,
On flushed skin.

I take another sip
Of coffee --- moved
Having never left
My seat --- sun now creeping
Deck board grains.

Listen to the opening throats
Of the flowers in morning---
Measure growth, the day’s increase
In length and width, heavy hung
On the garden vine.

Traffic is backed up
on the expressway,
I am sure.

written for Magpie Tales.

85 comments:

Helen said...

... and we don't care one little bit about all that traffic, do we?

Susan said...

LOL "Traffic is backed up" and here i sit with coffee flower throats birds--what I love about retirement, so well earned, so well spoken!

De said...

LOVE this:
"Listen to the opening throats
Of the flowers in morning"
Fantastic.

Mary said...

It's so nice not to have to worry about traffic on the expressway, but just to sit and savor what's in one's presence....with a cup of coffee in hand, of course! I gave a sigh of happiness when I read this.

Matt said...

Nature sure can be beautiful, but maybe the birds look at us in the cars sitting in traffic and think the same thing.

Tess Kincaid said...

I love the notion of the sky being a sigh...

CiCi said...

You teach me new ways to look at things. I never thought of open throat of flowers.

Dana Dampier said...

You have an awesome way of putting words together in unusual ways! I love it.

Wander said...

I love the total non sequitur of the last stanze...Brian I have a big smile!

Wander

Myrna R. said...

Pictures. Your words make pictures in my mind and stimulate visuals that seem to be from another dimension in time and place.

So glad to be reading you again. I missed this.

Leovi said...

A very clever poem.

Alexandra said...

"Blue egg to blue".....

you still got it, dude, just saying....

:)

Claudia said...

nice..there's a certain sensuality in mornings..love the flowers opening their throats...mine over here yawn in the morning ya know and it's just that space between sleep and smooth awakening that i love so much

ayala said...

:) nice lines... The sky is a sigh ....lovely !

flaubert said...

Good god, Brian. That is just gorgeous. From beginning to end.

Pamela

hedgewitch said...

Do I detect a smidgen of rhyme? Accidental, perhaps, as this seems very unstructured and free in every sense of the word. The sky makes a very good sigh, and being moved without leaving your chair is a good way to start the day.

Christine said...

you've captured the perfect way to enjoy the day

ed pilolla said...

so nice. you've got to slow down to hear those throats opening, i imagine. this is the place to live, the place to be. this is making a moment.

Daydreamertoo said...

Lovely.
Nice to have a lazy day and not have to worry about the traffic.

Grace said...

I sighed at your words,
restful blue egg to blue ~
Who cares for the traffic anyway ~

Happy Sunday ~

Kay said...

so many things to love in this,,,xx

zongrik said...

that's just great. eat that much fruit, and then get on the freeway on backed up traffic. see if your face will start to look that this guys's face. i think it will!!!

Geraldine said...

Easing into the day...nice one Brian!

Happy Week, G :<)

Linda said...

Brian, You know way more about being a vegetable than Enrique or Arcimboldo put together! I relaxed into your poem and enjoyed the sun creeping the deck board grains. On my deck, the morning sun makes the same journey. Thank you for this perfect veg out. =D

Laurie Kolp said...

Delicious... so simple yet so poetic. I guess with coffee even traffic is tolerable, but it's much better to be where the narrator is. I love the serene feel to this.

Helena said...

Another beauty, Brian, - striking up lovely images indeed.

Glenn Buttkus said...

a very lovely tangent spawned from the Mag prompt, and how wonderful that before you brave the journey to your place of harness, you meditate and breath in the blueness, lining your innards with caffeine and coolness. Like the line where the days lie /heavy hung on the garden vine/.

Luke Prater said...

nice descriptive piece - capturing a place and moment in time, vignette-style... the blue-egg, the coffee, the expressway. I'd be inclined to drop the caps at beginnings of lines, the flow line-to-line might be smoother (not that it's stilted, particularly, just a thought :)

Magpie said...

Oh, the long days of summer. Perfect.

Pat Hatt said...

It be soooooo nice not to have to worry about traffic any more
Well not worry but umm twitch at it when you have to go to your work shore
And of course switch twitch
With err umm itch
And just take in the day
Without a stupid need to go to ones work bay

Kathe W. said...

nothing better than living slowly!
actually deeply breathing!

Suz said...

oh I loved that last line

Rinkly Rimes said...

'the opening throats of flowers in the morning'....lovely.

barbara said...

Oh, nice take on plenty.
I do like that twisty little end thought. (if you lived here, you'd already be home)

izzy said...

I love the opening throats of flowers!
The Bhagavad Gita- P. 93 of the version I am reading. (Paramhansa Yogananda ) Crystal clarity publishers / " " .com.

happygirl said...

This made me think of morning glories and it made me smile.

KB said...

Was enjoying the scene until you reminded me about the traffic :)

JANU said...

Lovely, enjoying being still. We don't have to go out to seek nature, it is within us.

Tumblewords: said...

Wonderfully rewarding...

Simone said...

That's what is beautiful about life. We can choose to be a part of the rat race or we can seek out the beauty of things around us. If I had to choose nature over traffic, it wouldn't be a tough call!

Trellissimo said...

Measure growth, the day’s increase
In length and width, heavy hung
On the garden vine.

Oh, yes! :)

Fred Rutherford said...

very nice. i love the final lines, the I am sure, says so much to me there. Really a lot of neat lines throughout, but those last 2 stanzas are particularly effective for me. Another excellent piece Brian

Catfish Tales said...

Such a pretty morning wake up call of visual imagery. I'm smelling the coffee now. :) Well done, Brian

aprille said...

Good morning,
I'm getting quite lethargic reading this...
All that growth will require dealing with some time. Mine anyways as the paths are overhung so badly that I have to crawl now :-)
Pour me one too while you're up.

Maggie May said...

Chill out & forget about the traffic! Listen to nature instead.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Berowne said...

"The sky is a sigh, spread tree to tree."
Classic...

Arian Tejano said...

Oohhh, don't lead me across the traffic way! Hehe Enjoyed the skyward moments in this piece :)

Dave King said...

Like this very much. The last verse - pure inspiration! Must have been.

brenda w said...

I love this, Brian. Especially the opening throats of flowers...beautiful image...

Daniel said...

Just letting it all pass by, and loving every minute of the peace. Lovely.

kez said...

Sounds pure bliss ...thank you for sharing x

Lorraine said...

How lovely and poetic and so summery I feel it from here where for some reason it is autumn

ladyfi said...

Oh, so lovely and idyllic!

Heather said...

ah --- sounds wonderful!

Tara Miller said...

No worries about traffice when you're sitting on the front porch with coffee in hand and watching and listening to all God's creation. Beautiful and peaceful my love! (Glad there were no sounds of crashing trees to disrupt the peacefulness)!!

AmyLK said...

Traffic? What's that? Oh! When you get stuck behind a tractor. lol

Happy Monday

The Empress said...

I could hear you reading this one. That's the first time that's ever happened...the rhythm in this is one that makes this extra fun to read.

Valerie said...

You said it right, Brian. Morning is my favourite time of day... even the traffic can't disarm me.

Annmarie Pipa said...

I think I need to do this more often!

Alice Audrey said...

What a joy to not have to go in to work.

Sandi McBride said...

How beautifully calm, how beautifully written!!!
Sandi

Ginny Brannan said...

Nothing quite like coffee on the deck and enjoying birdsong before facing the day!
It's funny how certain phrases bring something totally different to mind, i.e.:
"...heavy hung On the garden vine. "
When we lived on L.I., my in-laws had a tall lilac bush by the patio. One year an odd vine twined its way through. Quite interesting to find three pumpkins hanging in the lilac bush come Fall!! Truly "heavy hung on the garden vine!!!"
Thanks for sharing Brian, I always enjoy your stories!

Archna Sharma said...

I love the stillness in your moment and usually, it is with the very first one that we get. I hope that you hold on to it throughout the day.

kaykuala said...

To be rid of the traffic crawl is heavenly. Enjoy every grand moment at your leisure. Wonderful write Brian!

Hank

Sue said...

Don't think I've ever read a better description of the sky.

*sigh*

TALON said...

I loved this. It's nice to be (even briefly) removed from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

gautami tripathy said...

Such a great writing! I enjoyed reading this!

borrow my eyes, borrow my ears

Quotes,Photos and a little Poetry said...

You did an good job with this prompt.
I like have you brought us into both worlds. Solitude and awaking from it.

Carrie Burtt said...

That first line is amazing Brian....:-)

Stacy Uncorked said...

Now that sounds like a perfect morning! ;)

Hannah said...

Love that moved having never left!! I just love the power of the mind and how boundless it is! Excellent poem and I too enjoy the contrast in the last portion with the lush beauty throughout! Smiles to you, Brian!

tera said...

Oh to just be able to sit still and breathe a while.
Lovely.
:)

FrankandMary said...

I'd expect to find this in a Tiffany box. ~Mary

Lyn said...

You're quite an observer...much to see through your eyes!

Short poems said...

Such a beautiful writing! I enjoyed reading it!

Susie Clevenger said...

The sky is a sigh spread tree to tree.....listen to the opening throats of the flowers in morning..just two of the fantastic lines in your poem...always amazing to read what each person sees/hears in a prompt.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I like the lazy slowness of summertime here.

Karen S. said...

As long as there is enough coffee and good tunes... I can survive the wait....but if the coffee runs out and the traffic is stopped!!! Great images in your delightful poem too!

darkangelwrites said...

What a capture. "Listen to the opening throats
Of the flowers in morning" my favorites.

Zuzana said...

This almost describes my daily commute.;)) Hope you are having a great week dear Brian.;)
xoxo

Lydia said...

What a beautiful meditation on appreciation of the natural world. One of your most satisfying reads for me. :)

Kat Mortensen said...

Nice reflection on la Primavera (still in Italian mode). Of course, Arcimboldo (and hence, Gerde) were also concerned with the Four Seasons, so this is very appropriate.
I loved the "deck board grains"—Took me right there.

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Wonderful imagery. And I love the contrast with your end reference to traffic.

Sreeja said...

This was so wonderful...

Syd said...

I'm glad that I don't have to worry about traffic backing up on the island. But anywhere close to the city is another story.