Friday, June 16, 2017

Summer Scheduling (with a Few Distractions)


Summer Scheduling

Today is a good day for writing,
with my morning and afternoon free.
I’ll bring my pen and my notebook
to the backyard beneath a tree.

But first, I’ll just water the garden,
walk the dog around the block,
hang some laundry to dry in the sunshine,
find a spot for a meaningful rock.

I’ll fill up the empty bird feeders,
move the trellis where roses can climb,
check the milkweed for signs of monarchs—
oh, my goodness! Just look at the time!

JoAnn Early Macken

a bit of our backyard milkweed
I’m tickled that the tree in our backyard has grown enough to shade most of the yard, that the weather has been pleasant enough to make me want to spend most of my available time outside, and that I have such good company. Although I can be distracted by monarchs, the dog, or a hummingbird, I’m happy to say that most days are not like the one I’ve described in this poem!

Rosy on the glider
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Today’s Poetry Friday Roundup is at Carol's Corner. Enjoy!

JoAnn Early Macken

12 comments:

Carmela Martino said...

Love your poem, JA! I'm enjoying imagining you sitting beneath your tree. :-)

Linda B said...

You had me at "But first" JoAnn. Enjoy your days, writing or . . .

Buffy Silverman said...

Ha--sounds like way too many of my days! Happy monarch checking...

Carol said...

Yikes! I think most of my days ARE like the day in the poem! Kind of scary!!!! One more week of PD and then I'm hoping to regroup!

JoAnn Early Macken said...

Thanks, everyone!

Marti, I'm enjoying that spot more than ever this year!

Linda, I hope you're enjoying your outdoor time, too!

Buffy, I've found only a few so far, but that's more than I saw last year!

Carol, best of luck to you!

Ruth said...

So many distractions! Oh my, how I can relate!

Jane @ www.raincitylibrarian.ca said...

Oh dear, that's how my writing afternoons typically end up, too! :-D

Margaret Simon said...

Your poem describes me perfectly. I was so enamored by the idea of all the days of summer to write. I've lost my poem a day goal in the midst of just enjoying the sun, the plants, the long walks, and the long talks. Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

JoAnn, your poem really hits home for me. I'm trying to do better, but distractions are everywhere! Thanks for this one!

Kay said...

Boy, can I ever relate to the day getting away from me like that--but just think of all you did accomplish!

katswhiskers said...

Oh dear. I am just another poet who is getting distracted along the way. It's a wonder anything ever gets written, going by the comments on this post. :)

JoAnn Early Macken said...

Hello again and hahaha! I'm glad to see that I'm not alone in getting sidetracked. But I believe we should take advantage of lovely summer days--both so we don't miss the opportunity to enjoy being outside and so we have something to write about! Happy summer, everyone!