2 September 2019

familyToes

AND ONE POTATO, TWO POTATOES, THREE

And I say, 3 for you and 2 for me, and I’m serving up dinner, and you ask, Why do I get 3 and you only get 2, and I say, Because that’s the way it’s always been – Because I don’t need as much as you, and then you say, So why do you have more green beans than me, and I ask, Do you want more green beans, and you say, No not really, beans aren’t my favourite, and I say, Which explains why I have more beans than you do. And then I set the jug of gravy on the table, and say, Here’s gravy – as if it needs announcing, in case you think it’s chocolate sauce. And now I’m wondering why I didn’t use this sort of Ill-logic on the boys when they were young and full of I-just-want-attention questions that I never had rehearsed answers for, like … Where does wind come from, or What’s for dinner, or What??!! And my mother was right, a woman’s labour is never done, even after everyone else retires and their minging dogs have put their feet up, we’re still cooking, and trying to divide an odd number of green beans and potatoes between plates.

Our 1st date was on a green bench
This is some form of memory, but
What shape is the circle of life

 

 

©️ Misky 2019. Written for dVerse Poets – poem form Haibun. Image is from Flickr Commons.

16 responses to “2 September 2019”

  1. Never done and we are already planning for tomorrow and the rest of the week. I love how the shape of that circle of life.

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    1. At least I don’t have to take the laundry to the local creek and bash it against a rock. 🙂

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  2. Great stream of consciousness here, and a portrait of a relationship done slantwise. Lovely piece.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah.

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  3. I hope that some men have started to cook a little bit (I have at least)… love the scene about dividing … really one of the tasks (especially with kids)

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    1. He’s an excellent cook, just doesn’t offer to do it often enough. LOL!

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  4. I remember that rhyme, Misky! I love the cyclical dinner dialogue and the way it links to the circle of life in the haiku. And it’s true, a woman’s labour is never done. I’m smiling thinking about the minging dogs putting their feet up!

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  5. I love how you used a stream-of-consciousness approach to convey the details of motherly labor. Well done!

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    1. Thank you for the prompt.

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  6. Excellent presentation and message. Using dialogue gives a strong sense of immediacy. When women make equal pay for equal work, we will have put a dent in the historical inequity.

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  7. Oh, lovely.

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  8. Love the dialogue…sounds like my hubby and I at the table now that our sons are out of the house! Still counting those beans and potatoes…

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  9. Funny how we always think of the things we want to say after the conversation is over…
    So much truth in all your words 🙂

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