Remember I told you I was cleaning out my writing closet? Well, I found a wonderful book , the
2005 Wisconsin Poet's Calendar. My experience with Wisc. poets is that they support each others work. Maybe it's the long winters,maybe it's the large amount of workshops offered up there,or maybe it's just the good cheese. But they are a pleasure to be with. Of course I had to sit down and read the darn book,cover to cover. ANd one poem jumped out at me......I could have written it ..wished I had....but it belongs to a poet named, Shirley Brander, and it is called
The Getaway (sounds like a title I'd use, too)..I hope she doesn't mind if I share it with you.
I didn't wash the dishes
and there were bills to pay.
The laundry was piled on the chair unfolded,
and the countertop was cluttered with papers.
But when his getaway car pulled into the yard
I left it all and hurried away with him.
We talked on paths strewn with brown oak leaves
and we sat on fallen trees beside a dimpled river.
We listenend to the robins and watched the ducks
racing iceburgs downstream.
We turned our faces to the breeze
and we forgot the unfinished chores.
Then we forgave ourselves our forgetfulness,
because it was the first day of a new spring
and it will never come again.
Now isn't that nice
and isn't it true
So when are you planning your getaway
and with whom?
we never get today back, so spend it...all of it in joy love and beauty!!!