Monday Lovely Monday

Monday is my “day off.”  My husband who really does have the day off takes my daughter out for an adventure.  I have no responsibilities except all the millions of responsibilities of the house which clamor and plead trying to convince me to pay them their due.

The bathroom sink is dirty.  There are piles and piles. There are too many junk drawers- a source of a shame.   A light bulb hangs from a cord in the ceiling it needs shelter- a cozy home. Crumbs from toast sit on a plate in the kitchen sink.

I look around. I want to throw every single thing out. I want the weightless freedom of nothing.  I want to leave.  I do.  I walk and walk.  Today I am alone. No child to teach and comfort. No stroller to push.  No other adult with whom to keep pace. Only myself.  Only my body.  Only the city, the warm sun, the perfect spring breeze.

I go into a thrift store and buy a book.  Sixty seven cents. New Selected Poems by Mark Strand. I find a café and refill my travel mug with strong coffee and cream.  I sit outside on a wooden chair on a tree-lined street with brick row houses.  The breeze blows.  The sun shines. “Ink runs from the corners of my mouth./ There is no happiness like mine./  I have been eating poetry. (Eating Poetry 1-3)”


Today’s post was inspired by the Random Moments of Delight Writing Challenge.

Works Cited:

Strand, Mark. “Eating Poetry.” New Selected Poems. New York: Knoff, 2007. Print.


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  1. Posted May 5, 2014 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    A beautiful post, enjoy!

    • Banana
      Posted May 5, 2014 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Marissa!

  2. Posted May 5, 2014 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful writing – I was right there with you, and it rang bells with me all the way through. Kudos for listening to your instinct. I have a hunch that we would get on like a house on fire – I ask have that desire to get rid of all the superfluous stuff, yet every time I get near a thrift shop I adopt at least one book to join my home for unwanted works… Sigh.

    • Banana
      Posted May 5, 2014 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, MM! I agree we would probably get along like “a house fire.” Sounds like trouble! 😉 And it is true- I was driven out of the house in part by my desire to get away from all of my stuff and I ended up acquiring more… Alas, it was bliss reading outside this spring day.

  3. Posted May 5, 2014 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Really nice

    • Banana
      Posted May 5, 2014 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

      Thank you!

  4. Posted May 5, 2014 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    You have made my Monday. This is a really lovely piece of writing. And as Multifarious says, I was right there with you all the way through. Your final paragraph leading to (and including) the poem is so evocative. My own mouth is dripping ink.

    I’m so glad you joined in on Random Moments of Delight. It’s great to have writers participating!

    I moved the link to your post to the current challenge post so others will find it.

    Have a great week!

    • Banana
      Posted May 5, 2014 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

      Hi! I am so glad you like it. “Random Moments of Delight” what a fun challenge topic. I will continue to keep my eyes open for random moments of delight- for future participation. I guess I tried to link my post to the wrong spot on your site. Next time I’ll be more aware-sorry about that.

      • Posted May 5, 2014 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

        No worries! Challenges have their challenges… 😉

  5. Posted May 6, 2014 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Sp beautiful, love this post, and wish I were right there with you drinking that cup of strong coffee….

    • Banana
      Posted May 6, 2014 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

      Hi Robin, Thank you!!!

  6. Posted May 7, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Oh my, that does sound like the perfect day. I love the way you set it up by first describing all of the things you should have been doing. Good for you for just leaving and taking some time for yourself. I’m sure you deserve it!

    • Banana
      Posted May 7, 2014 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

      Hi! Thanks! It was wonderful. I managed to suppress all guilt while doing it to…. a small miracle. As a mama with a small child I find if I occasionally take these little moments for myself- I am much more fun for my family to be around later. It is very replenishing for me. But I still do need to catch up on lost time around the house… I am glad you found my blog!

      • Posted May 7, 2014 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

        Suppressing guilt is difficult, but it must be done! I have four daughters and this has always been very difficult for me to do. You are right though, mom is a much happier person to be around when she is refreshed!!

        • Banana
          Posted May 7, 2014 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

          I just got a chance to check out your blog a little- 4 daughters, a middle school teacher, and many dogs you definitely have your hands full! A lot of responsibilities and also a lot of fun- I am sure! I hope they all spoil you a little on Mother’s Day!

          • Posted May 7, 2014 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

            That’s the plan…lots of spoiling!! I hope you have a Happy Mother’s Day, too!

          • Banana
            Posted May 7, 2014 at 8:06 pm | Permalink


  7. Posted August 14, 2014 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely loved this, especially from the bookstore on…..

    • Banana
      Posted September 16, 2014 at 12:20 am | Permalink

      Thank you, C.e.!

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