I Wish You Could Have Known This Day by Leslie Noyes
I wish you could have known this day, green life yearning up through the earth, bright warmth bearing
Down from the sky. The warning screech of a protective mother guarding her threatened nest
Upstaging a chorus of cicadas running through their limited range of vocal exercises. A pair of
Cardinals flirting outrageously, too caught up in their dance to worry about me. How I wish you were here.
We talk about how much you’d have loved this place. I can picture you scolding the squirrels, even as
You throw tidbits of your breakfast to them. You’d have sat on the porch, smoking and chatting up the
Neighbors. You remembered first names.
There’s a great bit of drama in the backstory of this photo, but rather go into all that I’ll just call this one, “There’s No Way in Hell I’m Giving Up this Bed to My Sister.”
If I stood right now, hefted myself up from a leather chair in a crowded Starbucks,
would the silly young
Couple speaking enthusiastically of things better left for more private places notice if I fell flat on my
Face after taking three steps, slipping in a carelessly ignored puddle of some iced coffee drink? Likely they’d laugh
Before talking even more loudly about who had drunk texted him saying he was hot and who had been too fucked up
Last night and needed a ride home. They are either oblivious to their audience or fishing for a bigger one.
Today’s snapshot is of a collection of photos taken on our recent visit to DisneyWorld in Orlando, Florida. Studly and I joined his sister, Angie and her family for a couple of days of their vacation. Angie took some of the photos that Studly and I were in and had them made into a collage for us.
Neat idea, right? I call this one, “Family Fun.” Many thanks to Angie, Steve, and their kids for asking us to tag along.
Is there anything more wonderful than a rainy Sunday morning? Plip plopping drops sluicing down the roof,
Streaking across the window panes in a hurry to puddle up with their brothers and sisters on the driveway.
Dreamers lulled back to sleep by age old rhythms, the roll of thunder, the silence in between, waking to the smell of
Coffee an hour gone by in a blink. Cats snuggled under the covers. One detests the storm; the other relishes
Being present for this unexpected treat of extra time spent pleasantly cuddled on a perfect rainy Sunday.
I might have over indulged tonight.
And then there’s this:
I took this photo in front of a Walgreens or CVS–one of our many drugstores in Tallahassee. I call it, “Holy Magnolia!”
Lay softly down now
Let the world drift far away
In my arms you’re safe
Call home the sweet lambs
Daddy’s returned from the fields
Battered hat in hand
Listen to our lullaby
Cradled in my arms
On a bright spring day
The clouds align pleasingly
Bears in the heavens
It’s quite a jungle up there
Of blue drenched heavens
Wednesday as I sat typing at the kitchen table I caught movement in my peripheral vision. Just outside my window a turtle seemed to be laying an egg or eggs.
As soon as she moved away, having covered the fruits of her labor, I went outside and placed an empty flower pot atop the disturbed earth in order to protect the eggs from scavengers.
Of course now I’m wondering if she was indeed a she. If not, I’m most likely protecting turtle turds. Good times at Doright Manor.