Everyday Bliss

Everyday Bliss

A Poem by barleygirl
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unexpectedly interrupted . . .

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Early quenching my garden with a splash
blossoms are abuzz as hummingbirds dash
picking and nibbling each raspberry cloud
tree frogs dive in a wet sparkling shroud
beyond the soft trickle I feel a faint prickle
atop my bare foot lithe lizard toes tickle
scales to tail, he’s tinier than my big toe
skittering salsa ignites morning mojo!

As acorns sprinkle, his whimsy’s a wrinkle
shyness melts under a vast sun twinkle
ponder how far this reptile will take me
shake me, wake me or just fruitcake me
tempting to guzzle his tantalizing vibe
his elixir spills freely so I recklessly imbibe
among leafy skitters such bliss does beckon
then eternity bites with a score to reckon.

I didn’t even hear the phone ring at first
my garden magic had me fully immersed
my sister blurts ragged pain through tears
she just lost her hubby of forty-one years
six years being chased by a ruthless persona
chilling victory went to their foe myeloma
for years he ran marathons, raising money
to stop the curse that stole Diana’s honey.

© 2019 barleygirl


Author's Note

barleygirl
Photo: My sister Diana with hubby Jim at a marathon in 2011, running for "Team in Training" to raise money for blood cancer research. He began his 6-year battle with multiple myeloma two years after this.

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How incredibly right and proper that you retained every word, start to finish, of your post. That you went from wondrous things around you, the minutiae of the tickles and guzzles, the charming and quizzical.. and then...THEN.. still in another place, 'happy as larry', you hear your sister's tears, hear her news..
Life is a whirlwind that carries emotions from one place to another. My dear Margie.. hugging words via you to your dear sister., please.. dear friend. .. A finely written tribute to a hero..

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

3 Weeks Ago

It was a jolt, to get this phone call. I'm not wildly fond of my brother-in-law, but I'm more sad fo.. read more
emmajoy

3 Weeks Ago

Strange how thoughts et al arrive by unexpected routes, perhaps they're meant to happen at a given.. read more



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It’s that old cliche, you never know what is around the corner. For the living, this is a good reminder to appreciate the little things. Find miracles in the ordinary.
I enjoyed both the reality & the artistry of this snippet xox

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Week Ago

Thank you very much for your observant response to my poem! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie
Eternity bites with a score to reckon-that sounds so right and perfect. This piece really brought me up short. Its so much fun and games til its not. Dear dear Margie...

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Week Ago

This is a great review & I thank you so much for that! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie
reads like a rapid-fire machine gun of words and imagery. starts out whimsically then fades into tragedy when you hit us with what happened. i like how you start off sunny then ease into the darkness. this tells me that you are dealing with it and not letting it drag you down. thanks for sharing. my condolences. is good that you are standing by your sis. maybe he is running a heavenly marathon now, perhaps ... :)

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

I love your "heavenly marathon" idea! I'm sure he's glad to dump a very painful carcass, after being.. read more
Condolences to you and your sister. Life gives us many wonderful things but it also takes them away. Your poem kind of signifies that. I lost my mother and step mother to cancer.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

I have not been personally impacted by recent deaths, but there have been many this summer & some pe.. read more
I love your title, Margie. When I got to the end of the poem I felt like the title offered a perfect point/counterpoint. Someone somewhere is always in the midst of everyday bliss while someone else is suffering. It’s a hard life-thing to reconcile sometimes.

Aside from that overall linking that impressed me, I first enjoyed the story. The simple joys of being present and curious- compelled by the little moments gifted to us when we’re just doing our thing. My kids love chasing lizards. They compete with each other to see who can catch more. And, funnily (sort of), we have discovered that a colony of blue-tailed skinks are living in our walls. So, we get them scooting across the living room floor now and then. I don’t have the heart to do anything to hurt them to drive them out, so it’s a good thing my kids aren’t afraid of them!

Really enjoyed this poem. A deft mix of the two worlds where one is reveling in life and another is grieving. The moment before the two states meet. Sorry to read about your family’s loss.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

This is such a rich generous share (thank you for that), it puts my poem to shame in many ways! With.. read more

perfect flow.. and one helluva message whatever way ya look at it... real life poetry at its most bloody and beautiful best...... N

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

I've always been a believer that real life hands us plenty of writing material! Thanks for appreciat.. read more
Neville

2 Weeks Ago


U R more than welcome (FILLED) :)
In blissful reverie of a beautiful moment, being interrupted by the harshest of realities that just like that moment, we can be gone in the flickering of an eye that can never be predicted.
Your words sound like the tiniest detail is forever imprinted in your mind. Connecting beauty and pain, of how a blissful moment can suddenly catch fire.
Beautifully penned.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

I have gotten better at capturing these kinds of moments since I've gotten older & I have less of an.. read more
Lorry

2 Weeks Ago

I have too Margie, thanks to the winders of modem moodication. 😀
I love the flow of this and how you described everything that day . Its very indepth and shows how you didnt hear the phone at first cos you were so immersed in your garden. Then you heard your sisters painful cries on phone. Nothing worse than to feel so helpless but i bet you are one of the first she thought to even ring! Thats cos you are you! We always remember the major things in our lives like they are yesterday. I liked your poem and love your fairy like descriptions in all your poems and quick flow. You are so good!! Have a great day xx

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

My sister poured out so many gritty details about what's been going on as he reached the end, it was.. read more
Margie, what you've illustrated here, keeping true to your brand, is how such a calm, peaceful morning can rapidly change for the worse with a phone call. That call must've been like a lightening bolt from a clear, blue sky. Your poem is a high tribute to your brother-in-law (especially given his charitable efforts), and a poem worth tucking in a journal. Peace to you and your family.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

This soaring review has touched my heart indelibly! (((HUGS))) I'm speechless (which hardly happens!.. read more
barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

You've been writing some great reviews for me & others here lately. I went to your page to return th.. read more
he he there I go again forgetting to see this as I read it on your feed. that lucky little lizard sending you messages on those grounded feet of yours:) eyes wide open in that garden of your heart seems to me you don't need a phone you get all your info from the airmail of nature as you nurture your sister in her loss

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you for stopping by & leaving your lizard skitters all over my stuff. Gotta love those lizard .. read more

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