Poetry Friday: Summer time thoughts…”Starfish: by Eleanor Lerman

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Poetry Friday is hosted by Buffy Silverman @ Buffy’s Blog

I feel the quiet of summer days at last, when days stretch  out as invitations to slow down, enjoy the wayward and unexpected  thought, and move at a pace far removed from the tightly regulated if-it’s-eight-you-must-be-doing-this, of the school year.  And, when one slows down to notice…one slows down to think.  I am enjoying those wayward and unexpected thoughts.

Waterlogue

Starfish

by Eleanor Lerman

This is what life does. It lets you walk up to
the store to buy breakfast and the paper, on a
stiff knee. It lets you choose the way you have
your eggs, your coffee. Then it sits a fisherman
down beside you at the counter who says, Last night,
the channel was full of starfish. And you wonder,
is this a message, finally, or just another day?

Life lets you take the dog for a walk down to the
pond, where whole generations of biological
processes are boiling beneath the mud. Reeds
speak to you of the natural world: they whisper,
they sing. And herons pass by. Are you old
enough to appreciate the moment? Too old?
There is movement beneath the water, but it
may be nothing. There may be nothing going on.

And then life suggests that you remember the
years you ran around, the years you developed
a shocking lifestyle, advocated careless abandon,
owned a chilly heart. Upon reflection, you are
genuinely surprised to find how quiet you have
become. And then life lets you go home to think
about all this. Which you do, for quite a long time.

(You can read the rest here.)

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19 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Summer time thoughts…”Starfish: by Eleanor Lerman

  1. Oh my, this is beautiful, Tara. “(It won’t give you smart or brave, so you’ll have to settle for lucky.) ” Just the thing for quiet parts of summer. Best to you for being home, enjoying…

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  3. Oh my…I need to read and reread this. I have yet to slow down. Thank you for sharing this with me. It’s needed.

  4. I love how a poem like this can be about starfish, yet not at all about starfish. How it’s all really about life, like all poetry is. Thanks for sharing this dreamy one into which I can walk and see myself more clearly.

  5. Oh Tara, what a perfect poem for your state of mind. I hadn’t heard of Eleanor Lerman. I like her prose-poem style, and all the ordinary things that fill her poem (reminding me that the unexceptional can be the stuff of poetry too). Thanks for sharing this.

  6. I love the juxtaposition of the speaker heading off to dreamland as the starfish “with smiles on their starry faces…head out to deep water, to the far and boundless sea.” Thankfully, we have a little more ability to steer our course than the starfish, and we know in our hearts which path is the right one. Thanks for sharing such a lovely poem.

  7. This spoke to me today with so many deadlines looming in – there is a yearning in my soul for quiet which this poem captured so elegantly. 🙂

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