“Hand-Painted Collages” by DS Phone Photo
I awoke with an unexpected empty day ahead. I still hoped for the call or text that would bring my complex plans to fruition before 8:00am.
It was a day of nothing
It was a day of disappointment
It was a day of getting used to a new normal, of not seeing a loved one daily going forward. And a day of waiting for another’s decision.
At 6:30pm I had a class but it was 10 hours away.
I felt unsettled, down, post-anger.
It was a day after the rain
It was a day of sun of still summer
It was a day to fill
But I could do no work. Hopes had been dashed.
A new plan came to me
I would practice what I preach
I compiled a personal retreat day
Observation of nature
Some favourite quotes to read
Something new to do
And no time limit
Although the parking sign said
Two hours max
Energy returned so I did some chores before I left. Actually truth be told I felt a surge of creativity come over me.
I started some collage art cards
Finished one for a friend in recovery
Left the chores for later
Inspiration takes priority today
The retreat started with a detour
A visit to a site neglected in my daily round
A place unvisited was photographed
And considered for future thoughts
The retreat took a walking turn
A turn toward Ambleside Beach
Another detour to Crema
Food for the soul could wait
The retreat continued at the community garden
Competition for my muffin
A stare from a seagull offering
He was big
He was white and grey
He had a yellow and red eye
He was persistent in his
A flashback of Hitchcock’s “Birds” came
My mind reasoned
As I looked at
Strong beak I felt
Peace as I remembered his
Scavenger character disciplined
In his gaze
I put my muffin away
The sun on the sea
Shifted me to
A bulldog came catching
A ball next door
I checked that he could not reach me
Another danger averted
Subverted my focus
And fears subsided.
A couple walked down the lawn
I said Hi rather than
I stretched my face to
A smile she gladly returned and
Reported that she had hidden a chair in a bush
That she would drink her beer and then go to work
At 11:30 am.