Soft, slow soaking….

be cake~It’s raining~
Sweet, soft, soaking rain
has been falling for hours.
First deep drink since March.
First rain at all since mid-August.Daily I’ve worked and coughed
the broken ground
without the gentle rainbreaks
in our schedule,
~felt driven and pushed,
like trying to play jump-rope
when the rhythm is spastic
and “off”.
(Turn slower, please)

Today the turning slowed to a soothing lob.
And I nursed the time
to listen to the sounds
of living things lifting up dry and thankful sighs
of relief.

I took the time to hear the skins come away from potatoes
as I slowly peeled them,
to watch olive oil pool and spread warm in the pan like ink on yupo paper,
to feel the thick plod of the knife as it sliced through rosemary
and lemony variegated thyme,
to enjoy each movement from counter top to refrigerator door
and savor clean water washing blobs of batter from my fingertips
again and again.

I let the phone keep ringing,
messages go unchecked,
and mail sit untouched for quite a while
as I squeezed tears through grateful eyes
until moist and tender again.

Today was a bountiful slow soaking
….the unplugging of me.

Comments

  1. what blessed potatoes
    to have your
    rapt attention
    & the same goes
    for all the other ingredients,
    even the rain.
    & most precious
    is the YOU
    that comes forward,
    the unplugging.
    yes indeed,
    the messages can wait…
    you had divine company
    & it's only polite,
    after all,
    to wait to check those
    until later.
    love sent to you
    on wings of thyme. xo

  2. such days are a welcome respite are they not??
    somehow raining days spent well breath life to our parched souls – as do your words.

    we had welcome rain here today as well.

  3. savoring the moments while quenching the thirst … a day well spent

  4. Laura Paine Carr says

    I am enjoying your writing, art, and the deep experience you share with us. Your words prompt an infilling gratitude. I am glad I found your blog (from Beautiful World)! I look forward to reading more.

  5. God Whispers says

    Wonderful Jen. We are going to get TOOOO much rain starting today and tomorrow from that Tropical rain down south! Blessings to you dear one.

  6. Lovely colors on your blog Jennifer : )

  7. How you manage to capture the very essence of emotion in such brief and powerful imagery is beyond me. It's a mystery I love to follow. not only did I feel the wonder of a slow day, I was drooling over the food you were preparing, you made is all sound so succulent!

  8. Currently I'm studying Spiritual Intelligence (has nothing to do with religion),and from everything I've ever read on this blog, you exemplify very high SQ. Over and over again…

  9. PaperPumpkin says

    A healing rain…♥

  10. Just Be Real says

    Thank you Jen for all your support. ((((Jen))))

  11. Oh your day sounds heavenly! After reading this post it makes me want to go cook a gourmet meal and I'm not even a good cook! It also reminds me to listen more intently to the many blessings around me that are so easily taken for granted. That is where the beauty of this life is…. in the little everyday blessings like you've so specially described here. Even in the midst of turmoil and trials, our creator has placed these beautiful things all around us if we but stop and take notice.

    Hey, I would love to have one of your recipes that you use your fresh rosemary and thyme in. I grew them both but keep wondering what other recipes I could use them in.

    ♥ Lee Ann

  12. Oh your day sounds heavenly! After reading this post it makes me want to go cook a gourmet meal and I'm not even a good cook! It also reminds me to listen more intently to the many blessings around me that are so easily taken for granted. That is where the beauty of this life is…. in the little everyday blessings like you've so specially described here. Even in the midst of turmoil and trials, our creator has placed these beautiful things all around us if we but stop and take notice.

    Hey, I would love to have one of your recipes that you use your fresh rosemary and thyme in. I grew them both but keep wondering what other recipes I could use them in.

    ♥ Lee Ann

  13. I love the thought of you listening to the skins of the potato peel away. Hey you. I was stopping by to ask you "in person" if you would like to join my blog swap. I think it might be something you'd really enjoy. Of course I absolutely understand if you don't want to. Still… I'd be delighted to have you. Happy Friday! It's almost here. Oh, I forgot to say that sign up ends tomorrow night.

  14. Jennifer, thank you so much for checking in with me and leaving such inspiring, thoughtful, and sweet comments. Your blog is my constant source of creative writing, and I so admire your ability to just put yourself out there in such a poetic way. This post is beautiful!

  15. The whole thing spoke to me but i loved:
    And I nursed the time
    to listen to the sounds
    of living things lifting up dry and thankful sighs
    of relief.

    It was all a reminder how rain soaks and nurtures the earth as does an intentional slowing down and becoming aware of our own parched soul and the need for a gentle soaking and nourishment.

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