Some Notes I Took This Morning

It’s just too complicated: we can’t freely speak, stand, or kneel for some things but we can for other things. I can’t keep it straight. I need a list.

Here’s a list–

Some Notes I Took This Morning

Some say naming affirms one thing
from another; then we see.

Light on the day lilies. That’s a name
I like. I hadn’t realized that before.

Snow. Snow. Snow.         Snow.

Our dog pulls and twists
and pushes and scrapes
at the blanket on the day bed
then lies down.

Throwing things away is good. Not
throwing things away is also good.

Am I naming?

The dissonance of birds singing
braids the air. Kingfisher and song sparrow?

Sometimes I know why I wash the windows:
I hear voices.

There cannot be a better word for lunch than lunch.

–Jack Ridl

First published in Talking River.

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10 thoughts on “Some Notes I Took This Morning

  1. This morning I found a fortune from a cookie – left on my computer last night by dear Moti: “Real courage is moving forward when the outcome is uncertain.” Hard for me at times – leaping with faith at others. Thanks for this list Jack – dissonance can be beautiful as you say it “braids the air.” xoxox

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