Odd Hours, Odd Moments

May 9, 2020.  COVID-19 makes for odd times, the new normal ever evolving.  I feel my sense of time (days, hours) slipping further and further from the forefront of thoughts and actions.  I’ve begun putting routine tasks on my calendar, but then I forget to open it, and oops!  Two days late dosing the pets with monthly heart-worm preventive.   This poem was written in those hours that challenge my dating the page:  is it still yesterday or already tomorrow?  I had great fun creating the collage, though difficult to choose which of the 40 photos taken of our first 2020 echinopsis cactus bloom.  So many petals, so many angles, so intriguing to steadily observe, wishing I could slip between  petals for a snooze.     

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26 thoughts on “Odd Hours, Odd Moments

    1. Lynne, that foot sent me into a giggles spasm on encounter, and I ran for the phone to grab a picture. Might should’ve taken a video – he told me later the Grateful Dead were coming through his headphones – so those are grateful toes.

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  1. Love the collage images! I can really identify with the ignoring the calendar and the crazy sleep hours. I like what you said in your intro about wanting to slip between the petals for a snooze. My favorite line in the poem is “Nature Nurtures Curious Patience.”

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    1. Thank you, Betty – I am practicing patience actively during this stretch! Patience with others’ impatience and finger-pointing is the challenge. The cactus was a reprieve, a welcoming into inner patience with myself and necessary waiting-to-discover whatever’s coming.

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    1. Happy Mother’s Day, Stephanie! And thank you – sometimes my priorities surprise me (often they surprise others!) but there were no contests during this one bloom’s grasp of my focus. Nice to think back on it as “necessary work” – thank you!

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    1. Tom, thank you for your kind assessment, and wisdom. Curiously following the varied responses from various groups … the one common denominator is no one can ignore it.

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  2. Nineteen fresh pieces penned this month …so far. Haven’t even bothered counting the ‘Like’s and ‘Comment’s I’ve chalked up. So not appearing *too* idle then.

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  3. Reading this at 5 AM and have been up for two hours. I can so relate, Jazz. Isn’t it all so weird? I absolutely love this poem. Every stanza could be a stand alone poem. And your use of exclamation points, bolding, and parenthesis adds so much to the well chosen words. This post is a good way to spend these hours before dawn.

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  4. Interesting collage – I like that the flower takes up the most space – a reflection of where our focus goes these days. Sleeping at odd hours – so true – and taking its toll, I fear. Pandemic catalyst for sure. Parks are opening here, but not overnight. It’s a start.

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    1. VJ, thank you … that cactus bloom had me in a trance … a much-needed trance that helped me settle down “upstairs” as well as bodily. The echinopsis just bloomed its second round overnight, this time paler as in all prior blooms. I’ll forever wonder what conditions contributed to that intensity of pink … something to do with humidity? excessive anticipating human breath on evolving bud?
      Texas state parks are opening for campers … but with facilities still closed … we’ll give it a try, but we cannot depart until a delivery arrives (from China mfg via Canada sales) – my elec-assist trike! COVID has mucked up shipping efficiencies and we simply don’t know when it’ll get here, so we’ll just be here waiting … then off to bike/trike around one of the closer state parks. Whee! (Gary’s had the elec-assist bike for over a year, waiting for me to say yes to a matching trike … Canada assures us it will leave Washington State any day now …)

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