12 October 2016

A Fortune in Relationships



File:Van Gogh - Obstgarten mit blühenden Aprikosenbäumen.jpeg
Orchard with flowering apricot-trees, van Gogh (1888)


If I could choose my fortune, I would pick
an infinite orchard to frolic in
and care for in ideal weather with friends.
Imagine us singing and laughing when
it’s planting dawn and harvest moon, talking
low when at work serving relationship,
enjoying benefits of work well done.

Yet now, despite imperfection, nature
and supernatural relationships
hone and shape me in small woods and gardens,
vast skyscrapers and in my tiny room.
My fortune lives in all I open to—
and knowing this, I balance off- and on-
stage time, grateful my part is not yet done.



For Sumana's prompt 

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Wealth



My blog poems are rough drafts.
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© 2016 Susan L. Chast



17 comments:

Jae Rose said...

The wealth and gift of imagination - wherever we choose to frolic..to call home makes us truly rich.. But apple orchards..yes..magical and sweet and no matter if one crop falls..another one comes

Sanaa Rizvi said...

LOVE!❤️ The idea of frolicking in an infinite orchard with ideal weather with friends is indeed equivalent to riches! Your poem inspired me to write mine ❤️ thank you for being so inspiring, Susan. Beautifully penned.


Lots of love,
Sanaa

Old Egg said...

How inspiring this poem is to recognise the real value in life and our part in it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking us into your dream

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Lovely, especially "grateful my part is not yet done".

Mary said...

"My fortune lives in all I open to." I like that sentiment very much. I do think we share our fortunes when we share ourselves. There is no greater wealth to share than to share who we are with others.

Anonymous said...

I balance off- and on-
stage time, grateful my part is not yet done.
...to find that balance is indeed a great treasure.

Marja said...

I love the first stanza which takes me into the paradise of your orchard. and above all Van Gogh is one of my favourite painters who's orchard matches these lines perfectly.

I totally the last lines
"My fortune lives in all I open to—
and knowing this, I balance off- and on-
stage time, grateful my part is not yet done"

baili said...

pearl of wisdom and so lovely words dear,precious thinking ,fortune is filling of the painting of life gifted by God with colors of our own choices

Maria said...

"My fortune lives in all I open to..." Aw, yes. So true!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I like your definition of fortune!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Keeping one's self open to experiences as the way to wealth---I like it!

Justin Lamb said...

Using imagination and mixing it with contentment to make life enjoyable; how great!

kaykuala said...

hone and shape me in small woods and gardens,
vast skyscrapers and in my tiny room.

Modern living with all of its limitations still command the way people cope with life. Life of deprivations affect many without much possibility of escape! Very true Susan!

Hank

Suzy said...

Nature and the simple things in life are priceless - the true wealth. Lovely.

pc said...

like

Intelliblog said...

What wonderful images you have painted with your words, Susan... I share such dreams as yours.
Lovely write.