Thank you, Irene Latham, for hosting Poetry Friday. If you haven't spent time at her website, Live Your Poem, go ahead and pop over there. It's a treasure trove of writing and books and art and you'll feel much richer after spending some time with Irene's work.
October's host of Spiritual Journey Thursday, Ramona of Pleasures from the Page, asked us to consider the word, here.
I wondered, how do my thoughts, prayer, physical, and spiritual self relate to my location in this place, and time? It's a spectacular question to mull over.
In some ways, the mixed media art journey has taken me here as well. I didn't realize it until Ramona's prompt...I love the intersection of her prompt, collaging, and poem-ing. Can you detect it?
I am here
Catching my breath
at the corner of Empty Nest
and Too Soon to Retire.
Streets behind me --
littered with soccer cleats
and scout badges, paint brushes,
and so many tuition bills.
I’ve been proud--
fearful. Terrified, really.
Maybe you know?
My gown and feathered hat
are ridiculously out of season.
I’m scheduled to arrive
at the mouth of Elijah’s cave
as hurricane, fire, and earthquake pass.
But my guidebook states,
it’s worth your wait for the sacred selah.
with this sort of navigation
and seeking the fastest route
and, fellow travelers
Linda Mitchell, October '21
|Mixed media collage by Linda M. Oct. 2021|
The reference to Elijah's cave comes from 1Kings 19:3. And, it's one of those wonderful writing surprises. It popped into my poem unbeknownst to my typing fingers. I had to look it up. I love it when that happens! This shows me that my spirit and the Holy Spirit are working together even in my unfamiliar here.
Several bloggers write for the monthly Spiritual Thursday prompt. Find more at Pleasures from the Page. And, if you'd like to join us, let me or Ramona know. We'd be happy to share.
Guess what? Oxen play a part in chapter 19 of 1 Kings. However, things didn't work out so well for them in that story. Hamish and I decided to share a triolet paired with Ukrainian folk art by Maria Primachenko. It's much happier.
See the triolet on Hamish's padlet: