Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Other Loves

I don't need much--
just flame beneath the kettle,
and in letters carefully kept.

In my hands, a book--
and a good dog curled behind my knees.

Is it enough?
It will have to be.

Other loves may fail us.
If so,
we have soft familiar blankets,
and sleep.
________

for Mama Zen's Words Count. Describe a home in 48 words or less. This poem is 48 words exactly, and the picture is of a house on wheels.

 

 

32 comments:

G-Man said...

Shay...PERFECT in EVERY way!!

G-Man said...

Hehehehe...(You know why I'm chuckling)

Yes Perfect, You, The Poem, Your underlying message, the Trailer.

And most of all...GIN!!!!!!!~

hedgewitch said...

Sometimes I think all our homes need to be on wheels, except when they fall off. This is totally a poem which opens the door and invites the reader in to hear the words of each object in the room, speaking for the one who has no words left.

Mixi said...

Someday, I want to rent a home-on-wheels and just drive, without predefined destinations or meal reservations... just driving and living..... Love the feel of your poem :)

Kerry O'Connor said...

You know, it sounds good enough for me - book, dog, blanket: I need no other comforts.

Marian said...

yeah, i am totally down for the house on wheels. major fantasy!

Lolamouse said...

Book, blanket, dog...other than some snack food, what else is there?!!

Poet Laundry said...

Curling up with a good book and cozy blanket at home...nothing like it...

Helen said...

Love the concept of a house on wheels ... means I can take it anyplace I want to be!
Also love your idea of what simplicity is all about.

Susan said...

Very like my house, compact as an insurance policy with flame and words too when I wish. An oddly simple safety with hermit-like sadness and song.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

A wise piece, and no, that's not some sexist way of referring to you. I don't make many friends when I say things like "I'd rather read a book than talk to 95% of the population." As for dogs, they're love beyond words. Thanks Shayng-a-Lang-Lang

TexWisGirl said...

nice one. brings comfort.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

YES! You have encapsulated my entire life in these few lines. And I adore the photo. I would love to live there!

Mama Zen said...

To me, that sounds just about perfect right now.

Herotomost said...

Ahhh the soft blanket. I have one I use on the couch. I call it my "V" blanket cuz its as soft as a....well never mind...lol. Loved it Shay.

Kim Nelson said...

Soft familiar blankets make all the difference, don't they? And the dog... a must! Lovely scene you create here, Shay. Very inviting!

Grandmother said...

Did a year touring the country in a motorhome- love a home on wheels. And I love your description of home.

Peggy said...

Such mood and atmosphere conveyed in this lovely short piece. I want to come sit in this scene.

Other Mary said...

I think you have all the necessary ingredients! Well penned Shay.

Ella said...

Books, blankets and tea...oh, yeah!
Sounds like where I want to hang my hat! This toad has moved 17x~

I like your abode :D

razzamadazzle said...

This is great. You really cut through to what is important.

Margaret said...

familiar blankets... love the light that filters in to this cozy place. The words are filled with contentment - truly a place to call home.

Isadora Gruye said...

Must be the time of year, but we all sort of drifted to "cottage" mentality for these MZ poems. Or perhaps you posted first and we all followed suit.

I really like what you got going on here. I am so glad to know I am not the only girl who considers her nest of blankets a great lover...

also I smiled a bit with all I need is a book and a good dog: that was so Shay, constantly reading and too picky about what, but VERY specific in her requirements for dog (if you can call good specific). Well done lady and viva la

Siggi in Downeast Maine said...

Perfect...
comfort and joy
in every way with
the unencumbered life.
Peace

Susie Clevenger said...

It is a cozy space, but with it on wheels it gives me the thought..."home is wherever I may be" Love your work as always!!

Emma Major said...

really brilliant, I'd love it there as well but I might need to change the dog for a cat

Judy Roney said...

Soothing just to read of your haven. Simplicity comes to mind. Hard to have that feeling with the clutter of stuff. Wonderful poem.

Hannah said...

So much sweet comfort-ability in your well chosen words, Shay...it's perfect, especially the good dog curled behind knees, (love that). ♥

lucychili said...

a trailer could be fun
dogs are cosy

Carrie Burtt said...

Comforting and full of truth....:-)

Sara said...

Nicely done...especially the first line. Only in my case, now it's a good kitty curled beside me."

I miss my dog:~(

manicddaily said...

Sounds actually rather comfy! Though a person reading alongside is nice if one can manage. k.