25 October 2017

An Ordinary Day



We are such stuff               
As dreams are made on, and our little life               

Is rounded with a sleep.               
               ~ Shakespeare, The Tempest IV:1, 146-48


East to West, dawn to dusk, curtain to curtain,
cover to cover—I turn my single day’s journey
into many, each with rising action and a hope of resolution.
Each has a beginning, though the end is uncertain.

The length of this play—five-acts, three-acts or one—
I travel with characters by bus, by flying carpet,
by streetcars of desire, and by holding on
while we rotate with the earth, moon and sun.

How dizzying to follow the plots, to find what they mean—
or to try and write the chapters, predict and control—
when I could let go and live them, collaborate, and,
in between, embrace the clutter and the dream.



For Sumana's prompt 

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Journey



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© 2017 Susan L. Chast

16 comments:

Nicholas said...

These lines:

How dizzying to follow the plots, to find what they mean—
or to try and write the chapters, predict and control—

touched me because that's how a life's journey is. thanks Susan for this nice poem.

Namratha said...

The complexities of life beautifully expressed. As you say better just enjoy the ride than try to find out what's actually happening. It's mind boggling

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Oh, I embrace the clutter daily (the dream, not so much). Fine write!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Sigh. This is gorgeous. I adore "embrace the clutter and the dream". Sigh. I also like the idea of each day being a journey, stepping stone in the longer journey we are making.

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...

Susan
Life with all its facets and clutter is the journey lived through our individual experiences...many journeys form a lifetime...

Marja said...

A wonderful journey of a creator Loved the last lines so deep and meaningful
"when I could let go and live them, collaborate, and,
in between, embrace the clutter and the dream."
A fantastic poem Loved it

indybev said...


WOW, Susan, this is a great write! Each day unfolds with clutter and dreams, angst and joy, boredom and excitement. What a ride!

Thotpurge said...

I travel with characters by bus, by flying carpet,
by streetcars of desire .. love that... I was instantly categorizing everyone around me by modes of transport of course!!!

Old Egg said...

Rarely do we a have a quiet life with everything ordered and going our way. In retrospect we probably happy that trials and changes have occured to make us understand exactly what life is about. Personally I am glad I have been tested and not everything has turned out right. Not being all that tidy, having some clutter seems just for me!

Sumana Roy said...

I couldn't agree more specially the embracing part. Also love that certainty of the beginning and all the lovely images in the lines.

totomai said...

Pretty hectic day, I must say Susan. Loved the beginnings with uncertain endings. I think it’s really true that endings are uncertain.

rallentanda said...

Thought provoking Life throws a lot of plates at you regardless of how earnestly you try to control your personal world.It is just the way it is for some people. I am a person who is constantly trying 'to get on top' of things like Sisyphus.:)

purplepeninportland.com said...

I love the idea of each day being a journey of unknown. 'Embrace the clutter and the Dream' - beautiful thought.

Mary said...

You have described one's journey very well...whether it be a day's journey or a life's journey. And, yes, there is always a bit of clutter along the way!

kaykuala said...

and by holding on
while we rotate with the earth,
moon and sun

To think it is just an ordinary day!

Hank

Intelliblog said...

A wonderful poem, Susan. So many of us look at our lives as temporal journeys in seas of experience and interaction with other travellers. No wonder we had a such a fine selection of poems this week on this very theme.