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“Just Another Wednesday”

Lustrous, blusterous Winter came calling this week. Weather made all the news. Well, that, and a Colts victory. Oohs and ahhs about the wondrous snowfall were plentious on Sunday. See?

Wonderland

Wonderland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laden Branches

Laden Branches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morning Glories

Morning Glories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But at some point, the wonder rubs off the wondrous, and we’re left with treacherous roads, power outages, school cancellations and the dreaded ‘cabin fever.’ At first, the unexpected ‘snow days’ prompt squeals of delight from homebound school children. At first, the altered weekday workdays spur a necessary creative foray into kitchens, blogs, remote work stations. At first, a glorious pause — to simply take in the days. And then, it’s the middle of the week. It’s back to our regularly scheduled program, or merely the longing for the regularly scheduled program if you’re still ‘stuck at home.’ And then, it happens. Just when you least expect it, the magic returns. This time, not the Narnian kind (though of course that’s the deepest Magic upon which all others are founded), but the literary kind. In poetry, of course. See?

Days

            Billy Collins

Each one is a gift, no doubt,

mysteriously placed in your waking hand

or set upon your forehead

moments before you open your eyes.

Today begins cold and bright,

the ground heavy with snow

and the thick masonry of ice,

the sun glinting off the turrets of clouds.

 Through the calm eye of the window

everything is in its place

but so precariously

this day might be resting somehow

on the one before it,

all the days of the past stacked high

like the impossible tower of dishes

entertainers used to build on stage.

No wonder you find yourself

perched on the top of a tall ladder

hoping to add one more.

Just another Wednesday

 

you whisper,

then holding your breath,

place this cup on yesterday’s saucer

without the slightest clink.

“Just another Wednesday,” indeed.

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