Thursday, April 16, 2015

FTSF: On My Last Day


On my last day, I want to dig in the earth until my fingernails are black.

I want to see the earthworms wriggle back into the darkness.

I want to see sprouts show their shiny, fresh faces. And golden buds their shy petals.

I want my muscles to stretch and strengthen and work until they they tremble.

I want to see dirt on my knees and bruises on my legs and scratches on my arms and know I did good, hard work.

I want to shiver and sweat and then drink a beer at the end of the day in a cool breeze.

I want to remember that nature's first green is gold. Even if it can't stay.

with hosts Kristi, Nicki, and Jena

At least today. Ask me again in summer...or fall...or winter.

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  1. "I want to remember that nature's first green is gold. Even if it can't stay." I love it.

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    1. So glad! Even if I ripped that one from Robert Frost?

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  2. Oooh my hands are itching to get into the earth now! This is wonderful. Thank you!

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    1. Yeah, I read an article recently about some scientific proof that touching dirt makes you happier.

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  3. We are so close to planting the garden. I can't wait. There is nothing like a good day of yard work.

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    1. I know! Are you a beer drinker?

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    2. I don't usually drink beer at home, but I do like a cold one or two when we go out with friends.

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  4. This is delicious and beautiful and now I want to plant and dig. Thank you for the reminder. And the imagery.

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  5. Ahh...Spring! I'm still in winter-shock mode, and can't quite let myself believe that there will not be a snowstorm on Monday. I suspect that it will be June before I mentally unclench. But before then, I will try to spend some time in the garden; you've inspired me!

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    1. You know, I'm probably ahead of myself. I think Mother's Day is a safe bet, but I almost always get antsy long before that.

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  6. aah!
    This was a beautiful composition :)

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  7. I love poetry that I can FEEL. I could almost smell the dark dank earth you speak of. Thank you!

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    1. Oh, yay! That's a wonderful compliment!

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  8. This is so beautiful. And your connection to the earth, on your last day, or any day. We always wait until Mother's Day to plant annuals, but pansies are pretty in the Spring.

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    1. Yes, MD is a good guide. I get antsy and sometimes that bites me in the you know where.

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  9. Nothing Gold Can Stay is my favorite poem! Such a serene and serious post, and then the last line made me snort. Perfect, Sarah!

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    1. Thanks so much, Dana! My dad and I recite it line by line to each on the vernal equinox. I bet you guess what we recite on the shortest day in winter, too.

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  10. Love the last line. Now I'm inspired to get out there and DIG!

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  11. How beautiful is this... Im going to copy it and post it over my desk ... its where I keep the special stuff.

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    1. Well, GOLLY. Now that's some compliment.

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  12. Ah... such a creative way to take this sentence Sarah!! I'm not much into dirt and gardening and well, work. So I'll meet you with the beer, mkay? Cool breezes, drinks with you? Sounds like a perfect last day to me!

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  13. This was perfect! I loved it. I wish I could come up with posts like this, and not blather on. It's one of the reasons I didn't do it this week - it just seemed so daunting.

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    1. Allison, this compliment means a lot to me since I usually think I am a blatherer. Thank you so much!

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  14. So elemental & sensuous. I loved reading this.

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    1. That's a fabulous compliment! Thank you!

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  15. I think this is a beautiful poem, but a horrible way to spend my last day on earth. But I'm glad for people like you who DO think this is a wonderful thing, because I enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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