26 April 2017

Too Much Time to Think

Temperance bearing an hourglass; detail from
Lorenzetti's 
Allegory of Good Government, 1338


If only a grain of sand would enter my life today
I might pull a pearl out of it—but who knows if the day
itself is not the grain of sand which leads to life’s riches?

Do oysters try to disgorge the irritating grain
or do they wish for it, knowing that present pain can lead
to future beauty? Oh! to be an oyster for a day!

Or rather to endure—to welcome—today as it is,
in control with few surprises.  Not everyone can be
tortured into creativity or productiveness.

Perhaps this time around I’m meant to rest after a past
life as a refugee or revolutionary.  Or perhaps
this restfulness is calm before inconceivable storm.




For Sumana's prompt

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ A Grain Of Sand


(April is International Poetry Month.)

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



17 comments:

Sara McNulty said...

I love this point of view, Susan. Imagine an oyster's life.

Sherry Marr said...

I think we are resting up for the times ahead.........savoring peace while we still have some semblance of it. I liked the wondering about the oyster.....I think they anticipate the pearl and know they are doing great work!

rallentanda said...

The Sydney Rock oysters have provided sublime pleasure to millions. They have no need of pearls . They are better than pearls,worthy of odes and sonnets:)

baili said...

taking a peal out of the grain of sand is really truly a work of art and how lovely you have it my friend!

Panchali said...

Oysters that make pearls are God’s way of showing us why we have difficulties or pains or irritants in our lives....meaningful and a powerful write, Susan. Loved it!

Loredana Donovan said...

I love this, Susan, especially the line about pain transformed into beauty. Lots of wisdom in this poem.

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Sanaa Rizvi said...

Oh Susan, I absolutely adore this!❤️ Such a tangible blend of emotions both calm and fear here in your words, especially love; "Do oysters try to disgorge the irritating grain or do they wish for it, knowing that present pain can lead to future beauty? Oh! to be an oyster for a day!" Beautifully penned!❤️

indybev said...

A creative approach to the challenge! Well written.

annell said...

I love this!

Myrna R. said...

This is so lovely and full of hope, a beautiful reminder to approach today's bits of peace with gratitude.

Khaya Ronkainen said...

Wonderful and thought-provoking take on the prompt, Susan! "who knows if the day itself is not the grain of sand which leads to life’s riches?" Who knows, indeed!

Thotpurge said...

Love that opening thought.. do we transform irritant grains of sand into pearls? Beautiful.

Vijita Pillai said...

A lovely write...
an Oyster for a day...nice approach

Martin Kloess said...

What a thought. (what's next)

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Oh, there are times for thoughtfulness too! (But you don't strike me as one who spends too much time resting, lol.)

gillena cox said...

Luv your contemplating the oyster, for me it stems of hope and delight in reward

Much love...

BISWAJIT said...

Nice analysis!