This week’s Sharing Our Stories Magic prompt is “Outside.” This weekend I participated in The Poetry Marathon, and I decided to go outside awhile for one of my poems and see what poetry I found. This post was also inspired by Kate Messner and her #teacherswrite prompt for this week.
It’s an oven outside
The air mostly hot, still–
what you might expect
at noon near the summer
solstice on a desert island.
Onions are frying in ghee
for someone’s lunch,
making my mouth water.
I notice the oleander,
wondering again why they are
so widely used for landscaping
in family gardens here.
I wanted to sit and observe nature.
Shade was not to be found, though,
so I kept walking
and went to school
to pick up a letter of recommendation
our departing principal had readied for me.
I sat outside after, enjoying some welcome
shade–the first I had seen.
I read the letter. Along with a lot of
Denise’s there was also one Angela tucked in,
a stray from a previous letter, cut-and-pasted.
I returned it to the secretary. She’ll get it fixed.
The birds seemed to be enjoying the shade
of the frangipani tree
and delighting in the promise
of the fruit-laden palms.
I’m joining an open community of writers over at Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog. If you write (or want to write) just for the magic of it, consider this your invitation to join us. #sosmagic
6 thoughts on “#SOS Magic, No. 62 – Outside”
I like how you used the exact name of the trees as it pushed me to learn these new names and even google to see more images. I like the unexpected connection between walking on without shade and the mindless cut-and-paste mistake on your letter. Nature – the greatest metaphor! I’m glad you added your blog post to the virtual book club so I could easily find this gem!
Thank you, Sally. I enjoyed reading the connection you made to the mistake on the letter. Looking forward to the book club!
Love the specific details and the gorgeous pictures. Days to notice like this are so good!
Thank you, Julie. Yes, days like this are so good. I need to make sure I notice these days more often.
I liked getting a glimpse of what the nature and weather are like at noon in June on a desert island. A bit of shade is welcome. The onions frying adds an interesting little detail. The wrong name in your letter was like a mosquito sting. Brush it off.
Thanks, Terje. Good to see you here. I am looking forward to more in nature times, even though they are a little harder to find in this place.
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