I was inspired by Fran Haley yesterday to write a mirror section of her poem Listen. I started and ended with three of her words (in italics) and used her repeating word throughout. Thank you, Fran!
…Just to listen
thud of dogs diving, bed to floor
collar tags tingling, jingling
to greet the wee hour
ticking toenails on wood floor,
traipsing to the water bowl
lapping, drinking beard-dripping droplets
returning to scratch the sheet by my cheek….take us outside!
clicking of leashes (because…the coyotes)
crunch of frozen ground underfoot, trickling rush of fresh mountain springs
(not really – it’s Schnoodle pee pelting leaves of grass, but I can dream!)
birds chirping start-of-day songs
joy for the soul: Live! Breathe! Sing!
heat clicking on, hot breath of house whispering warmth, clocking out soon as sun streams in for the day shift
clatter of silverware clinking
love of my life swirling sugary creamer
to keep all bitterness at bay
dogs bedded back down
snuggled next to me on the sofa
snoozing, snoring securely after snacks
as I sit and write, thinking
how comforting it is
…..just to listen