Just Enjoy Yourself Marathon 2020 Week 31

The Marathon journey is in its fourth year. Just Enjoy Yourself is the current incarnation. Let’s do it!

I reflect on Marathons past a little bit today – my practice was to leave home, settle in at a library or cafe, and immerse myself in the experience of writing. It’s no longer possible to do this, and I wonder if and when it will ever be, or if it is possible, will I still want to, or feel safe in it?

Somber thoughts. I turn my mind to writing, here at home, because that is where I am today, July 31, 2020.

I had made some phrase cards, phrases or words or sentences cut from old books, for inspiration.

PO 7-31-20

I can’t say they were very helpful today – I didn’t really use them. It’s funny how some days, you can look at words and feel nothing from them, and then another day, well! they just can’t stop talking!

Let’s get to a couple of things I did today.

This poem is about a postcard. Other than that I have no idea where it all came from. Just once it got rolling, well, it kept on going.

On the front of the postcard:
a photo of a square in a big city
glass skyscrapers
surrounding a gray stone church

On the back
the legend says
A view of Flenbedening Plaza and Beedliola Church

and you wrote:

Greetings from
your friend with the big mouth

told you I’d miss you
royal pain that you are

remember the Halloween you dressed as a nurse
I met your twin here in the city
she had white hair she wore in a ponytail
and pressed a stethoscope she claimed
could amplify the trend of my future
cold against my right temple. What powerful thoughts
you have in here, she told me. Just forget about them.

Truth is I feel good. I will be home soon.
And as fond as I ever was of you, that I am still.
Until I see you again.

A little bit of nostalgia for summertimes past.

How long ago was it in lawnmower years
considering the lawnmower worked summers only
that we swam pickled in a chlorinated pool
How much time has passed in afternoon thunderstorms
since we shivered eating the popsicles that turned our lips blue
How many steps have we taken in dress shoes tied too tight
since we last hopped barefoot along a hot sidewalk –
Do you ever think about how many?

I hope everyone is well and in good spirits. Thank you for reading!

6 thoughts on “Just Enjoy Yourself Marathon 2020 Week 31

  1. I absolutely love the poem about nostalgia for summers past. Your words transported me back to all of those sensory experiences from my own childhood summers. I was also tickled by the idea of measuring time in lawnmower life.

  2. Thank you. I think the fact that we recently got a new mower after 27 years made me think of things in that context, and then from there, about all the summers I’ve lived in and the activities that have formed a thread through the years.

  3. 27 years is a great life for a mower! We had one that lasted 18 years and actually might still be going strong since we gave it away when we emigrated.

  4. The 27 year old one still runs (just not very well, but I think someone who knew motors could work with it and it would be fine). I plan to set it curbside (when I remember, it will be soon, I hope!) and I am sure it will be gone ASAP.

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