18 February 2017

Triggering the Ordinary

In the Meadow by Marianne Stokes (1895-1927)

Choosing a word to trigger awareness
of God’s presence and action within me,
I hesitate.  This word will symbolize
precious relationship, reality
and love forward and back.  My first instinct
is “now,” but I laugh that off as much too
ordinary.  “Buttercup” evokes gold—
a wealth beyond the hardened metal to
the food and sun of childhood.  It evokes
soft velvet beauty and fragility.

Strength, though, might be better, and so “backbone”
asserts itself.  It has the same b-sounds
and sense of stem and life, but adds power,
mobility, interiority—
yes. This feels right. Backbone is what I need
to settle into silent awareness
again and then again as I drift from
my intention.  Backbone will call me back.
And images of buttercups aglow
under children’s chins.  Both now, right now.

My blog poems are rough drafts.
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© 2017 Susan L. Chast

File:George Elgar Hicks - Buttercups.jpg
Buttercups by George Elgar Hicks (1889)


Martin Kloess said...

"Backbone" - a good word. Well expressed. Wonderful flow.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Love the image of buttercups under children's chins......and admire, as always, the strength of your faith and activism.

Mama Zen said...

This is truly well and beautifully done, Susan.

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Rommy said...

There is a sweetness to this piece that is quite endearing.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

Sometime we just find the backbone we need--or just enough to take us to where we need to be--beautifully said--