Erin's Everyday Thoughts

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Spider Salvation

I was startled this afternoon to see a spider in the sink basin while washing my hands at work. I never see spiders or bugs here. I moved to a different sink to finish washing my hands (so I wouldn't accidentally flush him down the drain). The poor little guy was struggling against the porcelain, unable to get a foothold. So I grabbed a paper towel and extended it into the sink to provide a textured surface for him to catch onto. He easily walked onto the paper towel. Then I deposited him high on the wall.

I think I've been reading too many kids' books with animal protagonists.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Silly Dog Walking Verse

The Splendid Slug

There is something splendid
About a slug
All spotted and slimy
Sitting on my sidewalk
Soaking up the sun
A string of slick
Staining the cement
From whence he slid

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Collins Makes Me Sigh

In my morning poetry reading, Billy Collins' "Ignorance" stopped me. Here's the first verse:

It's only a cold, cloud-hooded weekday
in the middle of winter,
but I am sitting up in my body
like a man riding an elephant
draped with a carpet of red and gold,
his turban askew,
singing a song about the return of the cranes.


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Shower Verse

My life is full of pockets of time in which I can let my mind wander. While I shower, while I walk the dog, while I drive (although I sometimes miss exits as a result). Here is this morning's shower verse:


Mine takes the shape
of a thousand plastic soldiers
each a moment wasted
in a life full of moments

I hang my head
whimper like a dog
that’s lost her scent

My ears touch concrete