Monday, February 6, 2012

Sugar, Flour & Salt

One foot in front of the other.
Day follows night,
Seasons in a row like sugar, flour & salt.

I expect, when I close my eyes,
In the place where I close my eyes,
That I will wake up there, too,
At sunrise.

There is a hand that means more to me
Than any other hand;
Eyes which are the eyes
Of the one I love.

Steps, days,
Seasons, and accustomed ways--
All of these can and do run out.

Could I reach, or look,
And you not be there?
It had never come home to me before...

Is my love--
And is this poem--
Plain?
Then they are plain,
When I use them to tell you that you are
Essential to me, and beloved
Like sugar,
Flour,
& salt.
_____

A little somethin' to go with. I don't know the singer's name, but the song is by Gordon Lightfoot.

30 comments:

Cloudia said...

so simple


so essential



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Sioux said...

What a sweet poem, Shay. I saw the title and wondered, WITH is she going to come up with, to match that title?

It's always a pleasant surprise...

HermanTurnip said...

Existential...questioning...grasping. There's so much going for this piece in so few lines that I don't know where to begin. Nice one!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Beautiful. I was struck by the blind faith that when you go to sleep, you'll wake up next morning....and the stark sudden awareness that things run out, and the wondering "could I reach, and you not be there?"

I cracked up at the confused panda's finding themselves on your blog...hee hee.

Brian Miller said...

smiles...i love the tender side of shay as much as i do the sassy...this was lovely...

hedgewitch said...

Can't do any cookin, mama, without sugar flour and salt. Plain is as plain does, and there's nothing wrong with that. Hope you never run out of the essentials.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I was struck by the use of those ingredients, first to denote the inevitable passage of time, and later as the essential staples of a committed relationship.. there are so many layers to this piece, I would never call it plain.

Mama Zen said...

I can't imagine this being any more beautiful.

Lolamouse said...

You can't build anything much if you don't have a foundation. You write of the essentials in a beautiful way.
(and thank you so much for your thoughtful comments : )

wolfsrosebud said...

nice... love how you took something so common and made it special... cool pic too... reminded me of mama's canisters

Louise said...

Mmmm...lovely, tender write. I have an inkling of this feeling these days...you capture it beautifully :)

Heaven said...

Lovely and sweet as sugar ~

Nice use of the metaphor to underline a relationship ~

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Plain, true words can be the best of all.

skyraft said...

Wonderful simplicity.

And I love it when subjects like this are approached in such as a unique way as this. Whole thing just worked so well.

Excellent poem.

Charles Miller said...

Lovely words for someone who must cherish you dearly. These words would melt any beloved's heart. The authenticity of your emotions, spoken in a charming direct voice, recognizing in a compassionate way an imaginary scoffer, make this poem filled with a wonderful self-awareness.

zouxzoux said...

"Steps, days,
Seasons, and accustomed ways--
All of these can and do run out."

So true. I enjoyed this very much.

ayala said...

Honest, tender and sweet.
:)

darkangelwrites said...

Oh you can do tender... yes you can.

Arron Shilling said...

essential ingrediants - where would we be without the basics;
V well conceived and delivered with some class :)

Laurie Kolp said...

I like the simplicity in this, yet the depth of love and fear of losing it runs deep. Beautiful, Shay.

William Claybrook said...

Really enjoyed this one about familiarity and love such a basic thing but such a needed thing also
I liked it a lot.

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Beachanny said...

Spelling out in basic love letters what is essential. Yes, one day, as though a bad wind swept through, you can wake up and the other side of the bed is forever empty and you can never believe it's true. Hope it never happens to you.

Jerry said...

May the basics of flour, sugar, and salt remind us of the special love in our lives. Minimal sweetness!

The Clarkage said...

Such a simple but brilliant idea. Sugar, Flour and Salt. Excellent.

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liv2write2day said...

I love the simple truths of this.

razzamadazzle said...

I love that you use such common items as flour and sugar to talk about such deep topics as love and loss.

Christine said...

essential ingredients for sure

Lydia said...

I love the soft side of you too, Shay. Finding a tender poem like this one is a surprise most delightful.

Looove this Lightfoot song.:)

shewriting said...

beautiful, melancholy verse

moonlitpoetic said...

wow..what a light-filled floating poem. i can feel its wings between the lines.