Take Three Things, and Dream

Monday Morning Musings:

Take Three Things, and Dream

Take three things: dazzling sunshine,
a heart, the earth–
toss them about
till your questions have answers,
in that place, meet your dreams, they flutter

Crows, Turkey Vultures, Ospreys, Delaware River

some devoured by vultures, or stamped with regret,
others soaring with promise.
What is, what might be
imparted, parted, part

of a larger truth—
the fabulation of life

the blue horses that dash
from beyond, the secret
that magic is all around us

yet, we reinvent ourselves
over and over, creating new
fantasies and fables, feigning triumph
or obedience, accepting hoaxes,
living in the upside-down

Water Lilies, West Deptford Library Rain Garden

West Deptford Library Rain Garden
Upside-Down World. Reflections in a big puddle

Now take three things again:
heart, sunshine, earth,
ask if but not when
simply wonder, wander
in the middle, till you hear laughter
like champagne bubbles
echoing in pink light, remember–
be steadfast, love fiercely—

Well, this past week certainly was something, wasn’t it? Was it only last Tuesday that we celebrated the solstice?

Then came more revelations from the January 6 Committee Hearings, then a bunch of decisions from the highjacked reactionary Supreme Court, including overturning Roe v. Wade. And amid this, nature just doing what it does, moving on. Sun, clouds, flowers, birds, animals. . .life and death, cycles and circles.

We celebrated our wedding anniversary of many decades—and we’ve known each other more than half a century.

We saw a play on our anniversary (rescheduled because of COVID outbreak in the cast), Fabulation, or the Re-education of Undine by Lynn Nottage at the Lantern Theater. We both enjoyed it—funny, clever, social satire. We both thought the second act was much better than the first, and it all came together in a perfect ending. After the play we went to Tria and enjoyed a lovely Crémant for our anniversary, then a Shiraz for me and beer for my husband. We had a cheeseboard of yummy Pennsylvania cheeses.

On Sunday, we ate Indian food and drank some French Champagne along with champagne chocolates truffles. We watched a London performance of Anything Goes with Sutton Foster that I had recorded a couple months ago. Ricky the Cat loved it.

And here’s a mural for Resa: Garden of Delight.

And Sutton Foster in Anything Goes.

32 thoughts on “Take Three Things, and Dream

  1. Wonderful photo of the two of you! Happy Anniversary!!! Beautiful photographs! Your words shimmer in their own pool of ‘pink light’. Thank you for sharing these marvelous ‘bubbles’ with us, words that sing, and pictures that transport us to lovely places. 🙂

  2. Another beautiful recap of your fun week! It’s more important than ever to balance the madness with things that bring us joy. As your posts, poetry and photos do for us 🙂

    • You may, Derrick. Thank you so much! 💙

      It’s kind of difficult to tell in this photo, but the mural is at the back of community garden–so, it is reflective, in a way.

  3. Merril…the mural is beautiful.
    Thank you for thinking of me in your meaningful musings!
    💙
    Congrats on the anniversary! 💥🎉🍷💐
    💙
    The Jan. 6 committee hearings are riveting.

  4. Happy Anniversary. Your poem delights. “Take three things…” I’d love to take this for a prompt. But no one can create magic with those “three things” as you do. Another poem of yours that makes me wonder of all around me as I wander – in nature and into my soul.

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