On Days Like Today …

Water Reflection #1, copyright Joan Z. Rough, 1983

On days like today when I feel sad or mad about what’s happening in the world, I try to be grateful for all of the blessings that surround me.  Sometimes I go back into my life files and pull out something that makes me smile to share with others.

An Apple A Day

Yesterday I watched an angel                                                                                                             Flutter through the supermarket                                                                                                     She lingered over the produce                                                                                                         Sampled carrots and grapes                                                                                                             Polished apples until they reflected                                                                                                 Stars and a tipsy moon                                                                                                                       Hanging over tasselled fields of corn                                                                                               I bought the apples   ate one at lunchtime

I saw her this morning standing                                                                                                       At the side of the road                                                                                                                       Tangled wings trailing behind her                                                                                                     I stopped to ask if she needed a lift                                                                                                 She shook her head    pointed                                                                                                           Toward the light plating the river                                                                                                   Red and orange banks of cloud                                                                                                       A dragonfly wrapped in sticky threads                                                                                           I went home    ate another apple

The moon filled my room with laughter                                                                                         As I climbed into bed                                                                                                                         The angel came to my window                                                                                                         Burnished the glass with her feathers                                                                                             Until it melted away

JZR, 1992

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4 Responses to On Days Like Today …

  1. Such a beautiful poem! It’s hopeful and full of melancholy at the same time, and really seems so appropriate right now. Thanks so much for sharing it!

  2. Becca says:

    I agree with Jennifer- there was hope and melancholy all at once in that lovely poem. And the photo was the perfect combination.

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