Action Verbs While He’s Away


I WASH
the windows of the sunroom,
all 15 of them,
two per day,
because I do very few things in a blitz.

I SAY YES
to movie night at church,
the new exhibit at The Frazier
and having someone over.

I READ
Dubliners, one chapter a day.

I REPLACE
my faded flag.

I LET an email
from the person
whose emails always set me to spinning
bother me less than usual,
though I can’t say for sure what the trick was there.
I would like to bottle that ability.

Overwhelmed by noise in my life,
I TURN OFF
the car radio
and say no to Facebook.

I QUIT WRITING.
I take it up again.
I try not to think
what I could have completed these 8 days,
if I hadn’t quit.

I AM INSPIRED
by hearing Aaron Sorkin say
there are big things
you want to talk about
but you can’t talk about it big,
so you must find a way to talk about it small.
I was almost out of Windex when I heard that.

Know how that is,
how some incidental detail,
occurring close to something momentous,
sticks in your head?

I WONDER ALOUD
to the corner
into which I’d worked myself,
Do I even know what the big things are for me
and the small things I’ve been given as tools?

While he’s away,
I’M RARELY MORE
than 18″ from the dog,
but that’s the dog’s doing
and his story to tell.

Notes:
The Frazier Museum/ Julius Friedman: A 50-Year Retrospective
Dubliners by James Joyce
West Wing Weekly reunion podcast with Aaron Sorkin

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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7 Responses to Action Verbs While He’s Away

  1. bethhavey says:

    I hope everything is okay. As always, lovely images, Beth

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Belinda says:

    What a beautiful space. Someone suggested to me at Write Canada, that I write my hard story as fiction. I hadn’t thought of that but after not dismissing it out of hand, I may try! It would take some pressure and worry out of it.

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  3. Hope says:

    I am loving your new style of writing. You have such a gift….

    Liked by 1 person

  4. pastordt says:

    LOVE THIS. And – I am slightly embarrassed to say — I am a tiny bit jealous of your 8 days on your own. Love my husband dearly, but this 24/7 part of retirement? Ain’t easy.

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