19 April 2009

one word

after an exceptionally busy week, early this morning i finally had a free moment to click over to one single impression to check the poetry prompt. one word...hmmmmm. i don't do "one" word very well (just ask D. or the soul sisters!!!); i'm more like a "whole story" kinda gal. heck, i even talk in my sleep, sometimes in italian according to D. but one word?? that word must be a very important word, not just a run-of-the-mill, everyday type word...it must be a truly inspired word. honestly, choosing just one is like asking me for a preference on my last meal when i just want to eat my way around the world (or at the very least around the **gelato** world!)...i decided to sit with this prompt through the day to see what might unfold in the course of events.on the drive into the city my thoughts rolled around between choosing a word & the week in passing. i spent an afternoon on the phone with one of my very dearest friends who has just lost her momma, bumping around that strange & sticky world of fresh grief.

i spent another day with melissa packing a garageful of clothing to be shipped for her ministry in romania...which led me to near-panic on the drive home that evening~~ we are bound for europe in just 6 short weeks for a journey that lasts 6 weeks & i had not really organized all the notes & emails for that time, nor had i made a good working "to do" list. (yes, that list is now made & the info packet for the entire journey is printed & organized!)

while i was printing all the lodging confirmations from my email's inbox my italian instructor sent me the 2nd email in as many days, this one with an element of concern ("are you alright?? i have not heard from you this week!") . this prompted a side-tracked response with more verb errors that i care to admit, all the while upping my general panic level another notch (yellow to orange, perhaps?!?!)...must. study. conjugations!!...classes start in 7 weeks!at this point on the drive i found myself taking a deep breath, & then refocusing what we were doing today. we were heading to brunch to see an old friend who was playing a gig. no ordinary guy...an amazing flamenco guitarist who is whupping cancer's backside right now!! it was so good to see paco again. he's looking a bit under the weather but his music is as strong as ever.

aaaahhhhh...time together with D. & my boys, a good meal, the best music, a stroll to the river afterwards on this fine carolina spring day...the thought of "one word" came rushing back to me on the drive home. i must admit that the first word that came to mind was "nap"! (i'm a huge fan of restful sundays.)but as my thoughts threaded together, the ever-present whisper was "gratitude." i'm so grateful...

136. for a dear friend like L. & for her momma who brought her into this world, for a chance to be there for her at this hard time...

137. grateful for melissa & her work, for the example she is to my children...

138. grateful for the awesome privilege of travel & all that affords, for the privilege of being able to join melissa if only for a short while...

139. grateful for the opportunity to study the language of my heart in its native country, for my italian instructor, a true peach of a woman with the patience of a saint & a true gift for teaching...

140. & speaking of gifts~~ grateful for paco & his music...

141. grateful for the privilege of holding these wonderful folks in prayer in these difficult days, days of adjustments large & small...

142. grateful for friends far & near...

143. grateful for precious, quiet moments with my family doing very ordinary things like relishing the taste of food, the sound of chords blended to perfection, the scents of spring air...

144. & grateful for a bit of gelato & a 20 minute nap on a lazy sunday afternoon.in the fourth watch of the night
i wake
while quiet stars linger
around last quarter moon,
undiluted recollections
rush in to fill the vacuum left
by easy sleep;
as they parade
before my internal eyes
i'm taken with the question
'is this really unexpected
in the lot that belongs to man?'
the things that i deem good
or otherwise...
so i take them all for what they're worth
wrapping them in soul's quilted embrace
of gentle gratitude.please visit one single impression for more wonderful poetry...thank you Jess from Wayfaring Wanderer for the prompt "one word."

17 comments:

Geraldine said...

You picked a great single word to highlight here. Loved your list. And I can SOOOOO relate, I am not a person that is good at stopping at one (or a few words) but less can be more, can't it?

Hugs, G

SandyCarlson said...

So gracious taking all things for what they're worth. What a beautiful post.

Amias said...

What a journey --- I am grateful for the trip. Thank you for the reminder. Talking about a post with a punch!

Jeeves said...

Wonderful one here. Your photos are just too brilliant

watermaid said...

You chose well.

'so i take them all for what they're worth
wrapping them in soul's quilted embrace
of gentle gratitude.'

Beautiful!

anthonynorth said...

A vitally important message in all this.

Leslie said...

Grateful is a wonderful word. I am grateful that you generally are more of a whole story kind of girl, because you tell them so well.

Maryann said...

Good word! Nice post and photos :)

gautami tripathy said...

Truly awesome post! Loved it!

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Tumblewords: said...

Gratitude is a wonderful feeling!

gabrielle said...

I enjoyed the journey to the "soul's gentle gratitude". Embracing everything along the way.

Deborah Godin said...

I so enjoyed all your thoughts and photos - lovely post!

Anait said...

beautiful poem!!

Gratitude is often the first emotion to be swept under the rug when we get caught up in daily life....its nice to get a reminder once in a while!!

amy said...

I love making gratitude lists, but sometimes they get lost among all the other things vying for my attention. Always good to be reminded. I really enjoy your blog.

Beth P. said...

lovely, as ever, dear one!

You made good 'use' of tat nap!!

Love the photos, too...

Thank you--!

barb said...

I enjoyed every frenzied moment as you made your way through the week. I also love ice cream and dream of the day when I shall, at last, be able to visit Italy. Until then, I too am grateful, for so many other things.

barb said...

Oh, I forgot to mention that I have moved my blog to wordpress.

Barb, aka WillThink4Wine