Reticent Mental Property

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Make Way


If I wake up tomorrow and am nowhere, does that mean I haven’t been heading somewhere? The map unfolds itself in the signs of the day to day. While making a dinner for two, I am led to a cooking class. While cutting the mango I long for a return to Hawaii.  At karaoke night, the sounds of Paul Simon’s “Diamonds on the soles of her shoes,” adds adds a ticket on my living list, resigning myself to get there to hear him before he is gone.

Before we are gone.

Resisting the label of journey, it keeps finding me. I shove it out  of mind along with the self-help aisle and the therapy couch; I’d rather rely on horoscopes and palm readers.

I spin my wheels in the daily carpool, in the grocery trip, again! I spin resolutions from New Years to the time when the leaves fall but aren’t measured by fractions of inches. How many  inches of dead leaves does it take to predict long winters of delusions about meeting someone’s eyes across the table, the stories of my heart and head locked away behind them for safer keeping than the present season affords?

There’s a time for content leisure, a time for acceptance and grace. And there’s a time for growing older with the smug smile and declarations of no regrets.

Meanwhile, there’s reflection and challenges to grow, in some way, any way that defies the restrictions of discontent bred by unknown details that escape understanding. Too close to the cause, habits fed by old comforts and limitations, I stretch arms overhead,my back arches, my legs reach long, my toes point, then curl toward the end of the bed, sheets askew.


“You look good in bedsheets, love,” he says. She wonders why anyone dresses at all. 

#for Reticent Mental Property. Images courtesy of the web.

8 comments on “Make Way

  1. distantshipsmoke
    March 20, 2017

    “How many inches of dead leaves does it take to predict long winters of delusions”. There is something very fresh about this, love to have a new way to measure the winter and delusions, very good Ret!


  2. Ret MP
    March 20, 2017

    Very kind of you, thank you.


  3. The Muscleheaded Blog
    March 23, 2017

    Damn it, if we could only change that……..


    • Ret MP
      March 26, 2017

      Morning big guy. Perhaps I can make a case for putting on a pair of boots! That’s dressed. Sorta. Grin.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Marty
    March 24, 2017

    I hear you! Great phrasing btw. And yes, you do need to see Paul Simon. I did not too long ago, and it was very, very memorable.


    • Ret MP
      March 26, 2017

      You did!!? That’s wonderful. Who’s next on your concert list?

      Liked by 1 person

      • Marty
        March 26, 2017

        Alas, no concerts planned for the next while


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