That Day

Very late August 118

The feeling you can’t explain
when everything seems just right
and nothing could be wrong,
even though you have a list
as long as your arm
of things you would want to change.

But not on that day
when the bee dived headlong
into an unknown depth,
stayed for unconscionable time,
then emerged intoxicated,
head to toe in smudges,
powdery white – hint of blush.

And when birds sang from the
very tops of swaying trees,
because praise calls out to be sung
from the highest point.
So where else would they go
to sing their own precious song

that filled me with so much joy
on a very special day,
special only because it simply was,
and made all the more precious
because I knew only too well that
like most things in this world
it was going to end,
not in a blaze of glory way
as is often the case,
but softly handing itself over
into a comforting, slowly darkening
in-between space.

Very late August 123


52 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. leamuse
    Sep 22, 2013 @ 12:30:39

    Christine, so very beautiful and serene!


  2. Ina
    Sep 22, 2013 @ 12:32:25

    Hi Christine, that day is precious and so is the poem 🙂 L&H xx


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 22, 2013 @ 14:13:02

      Thank you very much Ina! The bees seem to have been my inspiration this summer 🙂 And we seem to have it back today! All doors and windows are open, glorious warm sunshine! I think its only kidding though 🙂

      L&H xx


  3. Pete Armetta
    Sep 22, 2013 @ 12:50:38

    Nothing like being so alive in the moment.



  4. Cynthia Jobin
    Sep 22, 2013 @ 13:16:36

    What a fine poem! It begins with an intimate take on ordinary nature, which I’ve come to associate with your poems, but then….those last ten lines are just gorgeous!


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 22, 2013 @ 14:17:17

      Thanks so much Cynthia for rhis lovely comment. As you know I am very new to the writing scene and Im often still not sure of myself with it. But your comment has reassured me on this one at least. I take what you say as great encouragement because I know you have been writing for a long time and I admire your poetry very much. 🙂


  5. lscotthoughts
    Sep 22, 2013 @ 18:30:46

    Chris, what a beautiful day expressed through your lovely words and photos! This is one of my favorites (repeating myself again) :)! Have a lovely Sunday, my friend! Hugs! xoxo


    • Journeyintopoetry
      Sep 22, 2013 @ 18:40:21

      Thank you so much Lauren for this lovely comment.

      Ive been somewhat obsessed with bees this summer,but they have given me such inspiration!

      Hope you are setling after the big event 🙂 Its a difficult and lovely time all at once 🙂

      Love andhugs

      HBL ❤ XX


  6. Francina
    Sep 22, 2013 @ 18:53:41

    oh.. I love this, Christine.beautiful poem and very fine write. The bubble feel day! 🙂
    love and hugs, Francina xxx


    • Journeyintopoetry
      Sep 22, 2013 @ 19:28:36

      Thank you very much Francina! I have so enjoyed keeping the bees company this summer. Ive become quite obsessed with them; they are so fascinating and so essential too! 🙂

      Love and hugs


  7. Jane Thorne
    Sep 22, 2013 @ 19:54:21

    Much love to you Chris, what a natural, lovely poem. Xxxxx


  8. sophie walker
    Sep 22, 2013 @ 21:49:58

    Bee Bee Beautiful….x


  9. triciabertram
    Sep 22, 2013 @ 22:16:56

    As each day ends i sense I shall remember your amazingly beautiful words ‘softly handing itself over’.
    Ah, Christine, what precious images your words conjure. They also cause me to think on a deeper level – my life could be a gentler thing if I too learnt to – softly hand myself over – to the inevitabilities of life. Such a poetic lesson of acceptence in your words.
    I love you and I love your writing
    Tricia xoxo


    • Journeyintopoetry
      Sep 24, 2013 @ 10:09:39

      Thank you so much Tricia. This is a lovely comment which has in turn caused me to feflect on handing over; its one of those many concepts that are simple but not easy. I keep having to train myself over and over again to do this. But when I do
      manage it life becomes so much simpler and more content with itself, or I should say I become more content with myself.

      I have been completely carried away with the bees this summer, something Im not sure would have happened without having the camera, which in turn may not have happened before MS as I bought it to try to keep my hands working. Life takes unexpected turns and twists, some of them seemingly negative, but among all that, beautiful gifts are given and this summer my gift has been anappreciation of the bees in all their wonderful glory.

      Love and hugs


  10. bardessdmdenton
    Sep 22, 2013 @ 22:29:03

    I need a day like this, Christine … and you have given it to me in the stillness and flow of your words, in your appreciation of the moment that now – through your poem and photograph – will last forever. Thank you. XO ♥


    • Journeyintopoetry
      Sep 24, 2013 @ 11:12:59

      Thank you very much Diane. I dont seem to be able to let go of the bees this year. They have given me so much joy, inspiration and a depth of appreciation I dont think I have ever felt before. I can look at the photos I have taken and can conentrate on, for exmple, one leg and how it attaches itself to the petals of a flower and for a minute or two I am simply there and nowhere else.

      You are right; moments can last forever.

      Love and hugs ❤ xx


  11. tikarmavodicka
    Sep 23, 2013 @ 12:31:23

    Hi Christine,
    What a most beautiful poem. This really reminded me of the simple joy in being when one is surrounded by nature. It makes me look forward to being able to spend more time in my own garden.
    Your closing lines are just! LOL I ended up re-reading ths poem three times and I’ve enjoyed the smile it brought me each time.
    Just fabulous! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    Wishing you a good week ahead.
    With much love
    and (((BIG WARM HUGS)))


    • Journeyintopoetry
      Sep 24, 2013 @ 11:19:04

      Thank you so much Tikarma, for your lovely comment. Im glad the poem gave you some smiles 🙂

      This summer has been so kind to us and my appreciation of everything around me seems to have become heightened. The bees in particular have become very good friends; I wish I could tell them how much joy they have given to me. 🙂

      Lots of love and
      (((BIG WARM HUGS)))


  12. suzywordmuser
    Sep 23, 2013 @ 15:17:53

    This is beautiful Christine, and so true!! 🙂 We need these little moments to create balance in our minds, because there are ALWAYS so many things that we want to change, and they really try to dominate our lives and our thinking most of the time, even on a subconscious level. You’ve really highlighted so well here those few precious moments when everything just feels like it’s right where it should be – and what’s the worry! I wonder how many things the bee would like to change!? 😉

    The burning question I have now is, are you adding this lovely one to your SoundCloud? 🙂


    • Journeyintopoetry
      Sep 24, 2013 @ 11:24:41

      Thank you so much Suzy for this lovely warm comment. It is o very much appreciated. Yes I wonder if the bees do want to change anyrhing. This one seemed to mee to be feeling exactly how I felt on that day 🙂

      Oh my goodness, that is a burning question! I think the poem could probably sound lovely read aloud, but Im not sure if it would if it was my voice! I will have to give it some practice and see what happens. Watch this space, I may well give it a try. Thank you for bringing this up, I dont think I would have thought about it! xx


  13. Betty Hayes Albright
    Sep 23, 2013 @ 17:43:38

    Christine, this is so beautiful! An intimate example of those small moments of joy we must savor and remember (for the “rainy” days). You have a special way of taking us there.

    I love the bee that dived headlong into an unknown depth – emerging intoxicated… with a hint of blush. 🙂 I think it’s true those so called “little” things we once took for granted can become the most beautiful and valuable (not to mention pleasurable). I could spend all day watching a spider weave his web and the bumbles rolling in the phlox. When my body won’t let me do anything else, this can be a gift.

    Hugs to you, and thanks for sharing your warm, sunny moments! 🙂



    • Journeyintopoetry
      Sep 24, 2013 @ 11:28:18

      Thank you so much Betty. And yes, these “little” things do become the biggest and I am sure I could spend ages watching the spider too. Life takes unpleasant turns but within them we are given gifts we may never have appreciated before.

      Hugs and love to you too


    Sep 23, 2013 @ 19:54:33

    we certainly NEED to remember that right now is being in God’s love ! Wonderful poetry !


  15. countingducks
    Sep 24, 2013 @ 10:05:34

    I didn’t realise it was possible but you’ve just showed it is. In my opinion your poems are getting better and deeper all the time, and this reflective verse which captures the mood so well is evidence of that. It is a treat to read your words, and the glimpse the vision behind them


    • Journeyintopoetry
      Sep 24, 2013 @ 11:34:18

      Thank you so much Peter for your warm encouraging comment.

      My whole life and appreciation of it seems to have reached a deeper level over the past year, and if I can translate this into words that others can also enjoy, then what more could I possibly want or need?!

      This lovely comment has warmed me through and through 🙂


  16. beckarooney
    Sep 24, 2013 @ 16:49:54

    A very beautiful, dream like poem, like I was living the moment with you. There’s nothing better than feeling like this! 😀 x


  17. Caddo
    Sep 25, 2013 @ 02:37:26

    WOW, this is FAB, Chris–such quiet wisdom, and I love the photo–lovely shade of periwinkle. You are so gifted.


  18. harulawordsthatserve
    Sep 25, 2013 @ 07:06:44

    Oh Christine, so beautiful! I love the idea of the most ‘normal’ of days being so perfect, simply because it was. And the wisdom of acknowledging that the list of changes still exists. And I love the image of the intoxicated bees…makes me gigglesmile! Very soothing poem, thank you:-) Blessings, H xxxxxx


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 25, 2013 @ 08:21:03

      Thank you very much Harula!

      I can just picture you gigglesmiling!! 🙂

      As Ive said above the precious bees have given me so much joy and inspiration this summer; I think it is the first fine I have really “seen” them.

      You have such great insight in everything you expeience and I wish I had had as much when I was your age. But there is time for me yet! Its a new beginning for me despite this monster of a condition I am travelling with. In fact its the monster that is partly responsible for my “waking up” 🙂

      Thank you for you continued, much appreciated and precious friendship.

      Love and gigglesmiles


  19. Ali Brown
    Sep 26, 2013 @ 14:12:48

    so lovely Christine! xx


  20. Fergiemoto
    Oct 02, 2013 @ 20:32:31

    Beautiful, Christine! Isn’t it amazing how much joy we can experience in such seemingly little things such as a bee going for a dip in pollen!


    • Journeyintopoetry
      Oct 02, 2013 @ 20:37:52

      Thank you very much Fergie!

      Yes! You are right. And as I said above I have become a litle obsessed with the bees this summer! They seem to have filled me with inspiration, both through words and my camera! I have enjoyed it all so much. 🙂 xx


  21. Carl D'Agostino
    Oct 11, 2013 @ 10:23:32

    “but softly handing itself over” a gentle turn from one page to the next


  22. richardankerswrites
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 08:31:47

    Very nice


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