Thursday, March 21, 2019

Poetry Friday - A Little Time

            Rebecca Herzog at Sloth Reads hosts Poetry Friday today, with a call to celebrating National Goof Off Day! Because of Rebecca's blog title, it feels fitting that she would both know about and make a call for, well, inaction on today's Poetry Friday. No offense intended to sloths, really. I know they act, albeit.very.slowly. I also know that 'goofing off' doesn't always mean slowing down, but to me, this time, it did. Thanks for hosting, Rebecca!


What Can Be

This morning hour, while goofing off,
I strolled throughout my yard,
poking here and looking down
to find the spring green all around.
Lily blades reached for the sun, 
alas, their green, the only one,
but then a tiny ant crawled by
another followed, I said “hi”
I pulled leaf litter off a bed,
with a closer look, saw one thing red,
felt a flutter, looked around –
a ladybug, they’re back in town!
It isn’t often that I take more 
than a casual glance this time of year.
Today I’ve learned to slow and go.
I’m glad goof-offing day is here.

Linda Baie ©

32 comments:

  1. Hooray for goofing off! Love your poem!

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    1. Thanks, Ruth, fun to do! Hope you have a bit of goofing off today!

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  2. Oh, this is wonderful...so positive...so after-the-snow! Your ladybug not only brought you spring with her flutter but also a poem. She's a keeper!

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    1. Thanks, Linda. Rebecca's invitation is perfect for this first Friday of spring.

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  3. I love the ladybug discovery in the poem and in real life! And yes, to slowing down. Today is a really good day for that. Thank you. xo

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    1. You're welcome, Irene. It really is a great time to slow down and enjoy the days.

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  4. Wonderful poem, made me smile!! Love that the ladybugs are back in town. I think we all need to practice the fine art of goofing off every now and then, despite what society seems to dictate.

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    1. Thanks, Jama. I plan more goof offing with Imogene this afternoon!

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  5. I'm a little envious of your goofing off in the garden. What a wonderful poem full of surprises.

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    1. Thanks, Margaret, not much going on yet, but it's starting!

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  6. Thanks for sharing your goofing off poem! Sometimes slowing down is the best way to goof off, especially when our lives can be so fast paced!

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    1. Yes, I certainly agree, Rebecca. It is good! Thanks!

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  7. Love your poem, Linda. "Spring green...leaf litter...felt a flutter... goof-offing day" - so many words to love and the ladybugs are back!

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    1. Perhaps in a few weeks, the bees! I was so excited to welcome that ladybug! Thanks, Ramona.

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    2. The bees are already here. Jack loves to smell the flowers, but now we have to watch for the bees. I used to tell my kids they won't bother you unless you bother them. But then I got stung while walking and minding my own business (maybe I was into their business without realizing it).

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    3. Yes, it can happen & one never knows how. And yes, Jack could get stung while smelling those blooms. Glad to hear your bees have arrived!

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  8. That last line is so fun! I'm looking forward to some goof-offing time in my garden this week. I hope it gets warm enough to lift leaf litter (say that five times fast) and find buggy friends!

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    1. We have more warming coming & it rained a lot last night, so things should be popping up! I may wait a couple more weeks to clean it all off, but it's nearly time to do some. Enjoy your time outside, too, Mary Lee!

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  9. It sounds like you had a lovely "goof off" peaceful stroll. I love your poem and all of its lovely images.

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    1. Thank you, Kimberly! Hoping to extend that 'goofing off' to other days, too!

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  10. Nice and slothly
    and goofed offly
    springy rhyme
    this morning time!

    Happy spring!

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    1. Oh, Donna, love this! Thank you for my rhyme, fun to have the time, to goof a ton is fun! Thank you!

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  11. "Slow and go" sounds lovely. It reminds me of "Slow Art Day," which is April 6th!

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    1. Ah, another day to look forward to! Thanks, Tabatha.

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  12. Amazing how one little lady bug can carry spring on her back. :) It sounds to me like a little goof-offing was just what you needed, Linda!

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  13. Loved the discoveries coming one after another in your poem Linda, and then the
    "felt a flutter, looked around –
    a ladybug, they’re back in town!"
    I'll keep my eye out for them…
    I've been watching my new little peach tree to see if new buds have come but I can't tell yet, have to wait and see.

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    1. We had some rain this evening, another help on our way to changes. Thanks, Michelle.

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  14. Oh, Linda, I love the meander-y feeling of wonder and rediscovery that you've created here! Thank you! I'm late in reading the round-up, but this is the perfect way to kick off my Monday! :) xo

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    1. I'm glad you came by, Karen. Have a wonderful week with maybe a little goof-offing!

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  15. I am on vacation in New Orleans, just reading this, and you've inspired me to do less and observe more. Thank you, Linda!

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    1. Oh, what a grand place to be, and to be observing. Have a beignet for me, too! Thanks, April!

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