In front of the John Lennon Wall in Prague.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

SOL 2016 Day 6: The Solace of Daily Life

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Today still trying to cope with the news of my friend's illness, I have found myself relishing today's round of household chores. Washing dishes, grocery shopping, changing my sheets, doing laundry: these mundane tasks I often resent seem important to me today. 

They sooth me with their assurance that there is still some part of life not rocked by fear. 

I'm sure my friend would welcome the chance to choose the perfect apple or smell sheets fresh from the dryer. So I will do all these things for her, hoping that soon she will be at home again lying in her own bed. So this poem is for her:

The  Promise

Slide crisp sheets fresh from the wash,
snap the wrinkles out and let
the top one float gently to rest.
Smooth over corners,
tuck them in taut, clean folds.
Slap and fluff the pillows,
slip them into their cases
still unwrinkled from a sleeping head.

Dare to take a new journey.
Traverse the map of night
to descend streets of dreams,
as you lie on sheets
sweet smelling,
cool and soft as longing.


  1. Thanks for this reminder that our ordinary is someone else's wish for ordinary. Your day sounds much like mine, except for the friend in pain. My thoughts are with you and your friend.

  2. "i thank You God for most this amazing

    Thanks for the reminder to be grateful.

  3. I really enjoyed your poem. It made me want to get up and change my sheets, as there is nothing I like better than getting in to a freshly made bed. Keeping you and your friend in my thoughts.