24 July 2021: This Is Not a Diary #SoCS

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, 24 July

I’m in the garden
before the rain starts again.
Cutting roses
for the kitchen windowsill,

and a fistful of parsley.

Cod with parsley sauce tonight.
Mum’s old vase for the roses,
tarnished, blueish, needs a polish.

But not now.

The parsley is washed.
Sand and soil settle
in the washbowl,

not many insects,
and no spray used either.

Seems silly
to be pleased about that, but I am.

I probably shouldn’t be.

Temperatures peel off, but
humidity is rising. Fresh air slips
under the open window,

a breeze scatters the kitchen curtains.

I smell rain.
There’s a word for that smell but
I can’t remember it right now.
Stop thinking about it; it’ll come.

There’s weather coming this way.

It’s bearing-down. Lightning.
There’s something haunting about
muffled thunder, it’s a lumbering roll,

and everything about it dwarfs thoughts.

I slip away into my own head,
into a puddle below the kitchen window.
It’s a tide that won’t wash away.

Saw a black and white photo of the moon yesterday.

It was the colour of a tomb,
expected to hear a deep death rattle.
Thunder would’ve been timely.
I can’t get that picture out of my head,

it knocked me sideways –
the way caterpillars gave my mother a fright.

If I’d had a daughter,
I’d have named her Demelza.
I love that name.

I’m named after my mother’s friend
who sat a pair of scissors.

A petal falls from one of the roses
but my only glue is spit.

Ah yes, that smell. It’s called petrichor.

written for Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS. Shared with #APoemADay on Twitter   ©Misky 2021

12 responses to “24 July 2021: This Is Not a Diary #SoCS”

  1. A marvelous whimsical wander through the grotto of your mind. 🙂

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    1. 😂😂😂 … grotto (chuckling) I read that as ghetto.

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      1. 🤣🤣 Whichever is the more appropriate to you!

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  2. “Ah yes, that smell. It’s called petrichor.” I was wondering if you were going to remember before the conclusion of your writing.

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    1. Fear not. Things do eventually resurface for me. 😂


  3. Strange one from you Misky. The line breaks gives it an almost stutter, as if there’s a catch in your throat?


    1. Sorry to hear that. The prompt is to write. No correcting or rewording, just empty your head on to paper. You’re allowed to correct spelling errors though. I originally wrote it as prose. Maybe I should’ve left it that way?


      1. Not sure! Will read again.


  4. So sweet and drifty. Loved it.

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  5. Oh, this stream…Marvelous stuff, M.
    I had a random wake-up around 4AM yesterday, the full moon, almost on the horizon, lit up the lawn like it was noon.

    No petrichor, though.
    Write on, Sister!

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    1. I love a full moon. Magical.


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