Monday Morning Musings:
“One day is there of the series
Termed “Thanksgiving Day”
Celebrated part at table
Part in memory –“
A whimsical stream
reflecting autumn leaves
and wild turkeys clucking,
cooing, preening their feathers
in early morning light.
The sky is still adjusting,
it suggests peace, then trouble,
ever adaptable, vultures understand
its challenge, a caressing cover
that evaporates over time.
Autumn’s stained-glass light
and long shadows overtake
summer’s dawn choir and rabbits,
the graceful melancholy beauty, an expression
of loss and remembrance.
By the river’s edge
a coyote dashes
on powerful legs, she doesn’t
glance at the irate honking geese–
I’m encircled by tangible wonders.
A Thanksgiving table
our family gathered
with food and wine, telling stories, laughing,
and around us our ghosts smile,
yes, they are with us still.
I used some of Jane’s Random words for this almost Cadralor.
Last week was strange and stressful. It was good to see family at Thanksgiving. Who was able to come kept changing throughout the day.
We saw Every Brilliant Thing at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia on Saturday. It deals with the painful topics of depression and suicide, but it is not a depressing play. There is humor and joy, and ultimately it asks us to consider the brilliant things of every day. Audience members who agree are given cards with words to call out when during the play, the actor calls out the number. Other audience members were given roles in the play. This is the fourth time the Arden Theatre has presented this play with actor Scott Greer. It’s the first time we’ve seen it, but my husband and I both agreed we’d see it again.
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Thank you, Michael!
We used so many of the same words, focusing on the stream and the changing sky, but the tone is different.
It always makes me smile, seeing turkeys trotting about like pigeons. I’ve only ever seen them plucked and trussed in a supermarket cold chest.
You’re right. A very different tone–like the stream in different seasons. 🙂
Turkeys look so funny when they run, but I’m starting to grow fond of them.
That’s it, exactly!
It’s easy to love birds so ugly 🙂
Yes, so true!
“Every Brilliant Thing” sounds like a good experience. You have a lot of great cultural opportunities in your area.
Thank you, Liz. We subscribed to three different theaters in Philadelphia. 🤣
You’re welcome, Merril. That explains it!
We had one, then it kind of grew. 🤣
This is exactly what I needed today, Merril. Your photos are stunning! I especially love the sunlight streaming through the trees…lovely!
Thank you, Jill. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post.
This is a delightful ‘almost cadralor’ and accompanied by such lovely photographs.
Thank you so much! 😊
What a lovely Cadralor (and how funny that it appeared in each of our posts today; well, I did make mention if not actually DID one…)
Thank you very much, Dale.
I think this isn’t a true Cadralor because some of the stanzas have ideas that are too similar (in case you do write one). 🙂
I’m the last one who will nitpick on that 😉
Oh, I know.🙂 It was just an explanation in case you want to write one.
Which I will! I swear! I promise!
No pressure! 🙂
You are so good with creating an atmosphere with your posts, Merril–the photos, the poetry, the catch-ups. Hope your holiday was all you could want (even with the presence of “river” ghosts). xo
Thank you, Luanne. That means so much to me. 💙
I hope you had a good holiday, too, despite the Perry worries.
Love these Cadralor sample plates!
You’ve woven much beauty and grace into this Monday’s musings.
I’m happy you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! The food looks scrumptious.
Thank you very much for your kind words, Resa!
A coyote! and such skies. And, of course, a delicious family meal. The ghosts are always welcome I think. (K)
Thank you so much, Kerfe! That coyote was amazing. I wasn’t sure what it was.
Yes, these ghosts are definitely welcome.
Brilliant use of light in your photographs; fine descriptive poetry; delightful gathering and meal
Thank you so much, Derrick!
It’s amazing that this season’s filtered light manages to at times be brilliant. Your verse gives that impression to me. By the way, I think I perceived a few “ghosts” around our table too!
Thank you very much, Marian.
I meant brilliant in meaning to me as well as physical brilliance.
I’m certain you did perceive some at your table, too. 💙
You have certainly found Every Brilliant Thing to celebrate here, Merril: I hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving 😊
Thank you very much, Ingrid. I did. It was a stressful week, but it was good to sit with family and talk around the table.