Driftwood

Saturday, May 6, 2006

Nail salon synchronicity

Chatting with my neighbour at the nail bar - as you do - I became aware of a song on the CD in the background... " I will follow him.. " I asked her if she could remember the film it came from, and we tried to think of it, and couldn't. Eventually, between us and the lady at the far end of the nail... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, May 1, 2006

Metaphor

Sunday. In the mid-morning You say we will go out later, And you spend the day outside. I dress, get ready, wait, And potter, small chores here and there, Not really starting anything, Waiting, For you to say you are ready too. At four o’clock we leave. I marked time all day, Finishing nothing. We... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Second poetry effort

Sipping coffee in the park, I miss you today. I watch the graceful ibis strutting, scratching, So quiet beside the loud chatter of two girls Not listening to each other and shrieking "Oh my God!" as each recounts her conquest. The noise is too much, I finish and leave, And stroll across the park... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

In the mirror

Thought I'd try a little poetry.. having trouble with the format but I just wanted to try it out Precious moments in the mirror, When I am dressing And you stand behind me, smiling, Fold your arms around me And sway, only a little, Kissing the top of my head, Holding my gaze in the mirror, Hypnotic,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 24, 2006

So I'm back from the shrink and...

A good, positive session. When, he asked me, is enough "enough."? I am someone who hates rows. At the same time, I am not someone to be trampled on. Being polite and assertive in the workplace is one thing; so much harder in the home environment. Time and time again I am sucked in; I really don't... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

One of the things

that you notice when you have been away for as long as I have, is that old friends fall by the wayside. You don't mean for it to happen, and neither do they, but it's hard to keep up any level of continuity by mail - even email. Letters are actually better, come to think of it, because you can... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Exile

For what seems like the hundredth time, I am looking at things as they are and wondering where I go from here. Both my children are grown. I have one child who has known only this country since the age of three. I have another who lives in a different continent. It isn't exactly a normal family... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

A fairly typical day

5:55 am. I hit the snooze button for nine more minutes before I have to get up. 6:04 am. Shower, dress in the clothes I set out the night before. 6:35 am. Begin the drive to my office. Jockey for position with eighteen monster trucks to get into the electronic toll lane. 7:00 am. Say hello to the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 10, 2006

The day the camera died

It was a beautiful, blindingly hot 5th of July, a last trip to Mathieson Hammock, which the older one vaguely remembered from ten years before, and the little one not at all. That October, they had splashed happily in the warm shallow water and made sandcastles. I know this, not just because that's... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Time-travel without music

I truly don't remember much music in the hard electric light of the cafe we used to haunt while waiting for the bus. Vast plate-glass windows were always steamy, from warm bodies in their rain-damp clothing and the slightly nauseating fug of cigarette smoke, before anyone in 1970s England had ever... Sign in to see full entry.

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