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What I Anticipated in January 2013

 

1

Inhaling sweet fragrance of

Japanese Paper bushes

blooming fervently along the wall

beyond Tammy’s office door.

 

2

Walkng the extended length

of Croasdaile hallway

that allows me comfortable

year-round walk-zones.

 

3

Reading humorous postings

outside David Aron’s door

as I complete my

daily routine treks.

 

What I Enjoyed in January 2013

 

Jane Penland Hoover

January 13, 2013

For: Croasdaile Resident Meeting Collection

What I Enjoyed in January

 

Time alone

to let the world drift ~

Let my line linger

feed the fish.

 

Air so quiet

roadways far away

where others search for

yet unfound ~

 

Soft silence

in a winter day

I content, inhale

sufficiency.

 

I feed fish ~

offering my breath

as this world hums in

solitude

 

 

Jane Penland Hoover

January 13, 2013

Poetic Bloomings: Picture by Keith R GoodImage

Gone with the Morning

(Gone with the Wind)

 

 

always my dreams

swept into oblivion~

world’s routine of swirl

 

 

Jane Penland Hoover

Haiku

RLB Wed Prompt

 

Mission

Mission

 

keeping to my walk

eyes lingering on dampened

swash of leaf

sweet tremble signals

bluebird’s lift

 

Jane Penland Hoover

tanka

~keep, dampen, tremble~

Three Word Wednesday

 

The Home of Patience – 5 poems

Morning Visitor

 

A little sparrow

sits head-deep in slender grass

beyond my window

 

tapping at the earth

up and down, up and down that

tiny head pursues

 

plunder of insects

in wonder of her rhythm

feathery cover.

 

Beyond my window

a world awaits, another

morn still dawning.

 

As I tap into

my own store of memory lore

of those times before

 

when I was the small

one tapping through each morning

persistent as this

 

visitor ~ within ~

unearthing what is wanted

life for one more day.

 

I visited you

in that room too bright to see

the long corridor

 

the two of us would

tread in days ahead, the past

unrecoverable.

 

I, the reminder

then for you of who you were

still, beneath those sheets.

 

Yet, today you sit

beyond my window listening

as the sparrow sings to us.

 

Our Trees Our Forest

 

Curves grow shorter as

we climb into what my dad

calls the widening sky ~

 

what I know he means ~

his true sense of going home

where wonder rises

 

all around, like pines

and oaks, the hickories too

secure in rooted

 

place. Wooded forest

where children play at discovery

imagine lizards ~

 

dragons come to greet

them ~ once again upon return

to trees and forest

 

becoming home, sure

to them as to their Dad who

once imagined them.

 

 

Apology Due ~100% certain

 

Routines abide now

in our days, long and airy,

every hour our own.

 

Still we set schedules

as if we had a busy life

requiring order.

 

At noon we may be

found in the café, lining

up to push our tray.

 

His one handedness

hinders only the carrying

which I easily do.

 

Everyday the same ~

he sets tray with silverware

on salad bar slides.

 

From the hot-line I

spoon his favorites onto plate

he then carries off

 

while I make salads

select colored nourishment

place plate on our tray

 

before filling cups,

choosing desserts from cooler

and joining him at

 

our table. Always

in our chosen corner spot

unless we are late.

 

Then kindness wins and

we sit, in our good spirits,

in some other space.

 

Today at the bar

I watched Bob, heard him ask his

wife where their tray was,

 

pointing at mine.  I

spoke quickly, “don’t be getting

my tray,” lifted it.

 

Still miffed by my own

sharp words I told Ron of Bob’s

confusion about trays.

 

Ron puzzled, pointed

out to me that we had three

sets of silverware.

 

Now I was the one

trapped in her own routines

betrayed by memory ~

 

Just yesterday I

asked Ron to quit putting our

tray out. He had.

 

Coming Round Again

 

 

Little duck

 

Mallard, solitary one
on the pond today~
eyes watching

nothing more to do
than listen ~ look up ~

from the shaded cove

 

 

Little bird

 

brown-headed nuthatch

another day with

nothing more to do

than love the world

beneath blue sky spread wide

scent of presence here

 

 

Little buzzing bee

 

honeysuckle, jasmine,

roses in all hues

opening up for you

with nothing more than

sips and slips, to pass

so much life along

 

 

Little steps

 

that brought me near

camellias falling through

spun air of spring

days growing longer

one by one

revolving source of wonder

 

 

 

 

 

Stone Patience

 

Early morning on the floor,

curling into myself

imagining if I am small enough

there will be no room

for ache or groan –

 

no way a scream can gather

itself into a sound

huge enough to summon him.

Let him sleep until

I discover what is wrong

inside.

 

Mute and limping,

he can do nothing

to help me.

His empty stare,

a quizzical appeal, would

be for me to manufacture

both his question and

my answer, which I can not

imagine

through this wave of pain.

 

Later I would learn

about the tiny grit,

calcification that moved

into a passageway

never built to carry

anything except a

warm golden flow.

 

On the floor holding tight

to my fright that night

praying morning come

more quickly than the soft click

the clock brought.

 

The clock…

What time it is?

Where is the phone?

Can I wait?

 

 

And I close tighter,

lean into the coolness of the tile

accept my position,

fevered cold

the whole.

 

I am silent, silent, silent,

until dawn and a daughter’s voice

answering my ring.

“Come – sick…”

She knows not to make

me say more.

How does she know? I pause.

There could be a long answer

but now is not the time.

She is familiar

with his muted stance,

years of her life too

without his voice –

but mine

so often heard,

now a  rasping force of words

squeezed out of patience

still hoping for a bit more.

Field of Dreams

 

 

Beyond dawn of morn

Before fade of all our years

There our field of dreams

 

Poetic Bloomings Post May 6, 2012  http://poeticbloomings.com/2012/05/06/playing-favorites-again-prompt-54/

Golden Oldies

It’s sort of old

this shared life ~ your

blue-eyed smiling

song of how you

came to know  it’s

sort of me and

sort of you…

It’s sort of old

how years enfold

and sort of new

how grand ones come

~add harmony.

It’s sort of new

how your silence

shelters her ~ it’s

sort of old how

they don’t let go

ever ~  never.

 

 

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