morning commute II

A somewhat late response to the dVerse Tuesday prompt Blue Tuesday”. Work’s been busy lately, lots of deadlines looming, lots of meetings, lots of things to “operationalize” (how do you do a vomiting emoji in WordPress???)…  So I’m hiding in my office with the door closed and the light off, typing as quietly as I can to preserve a bit of the blue sky of home before I have to actualize somebody’s roadmap or elevate some excellence.  But Teams just pinged me a “join meeting” so this will have to do:

I have come down from the hills,
where spider webs glitter with frost,
where currawongs call greetings,
where kangaroos nod as I pass,
and where the sky is saturated with blue,
a blue that pours down, over me,
into me, filling and overflowing.

I have come down from the hills,
into the mist cloaked valley,
through the village, hidden in white,
through the clouds that have fallen asleep
on the lands outside the city,
where the white is tainted
with tendrils of wood-smoke brown.

I have come down from the hills,
bringing the blue sky with me,
tangled in my hair, reflected in my eyes,
where I will keep it with me,
keep it within me,
until I go back to the hills
and the wide blue sky.

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15 responses to “morning commute II

  1. I really love this, Kate. I’d love to visit where “kangaroos nod as I pass.” 🙂 (I’m from the States, but I do have cousins who grew up in Melbourne.) My favorite lines are, “I have come down from the hills, bringing the blue sky with me, tangled in my hair, reflected in my eyes, where I will keep it with me …” Lovely poem. I hope you get some relief from work stress.

  2. I really enjoyed the imagery of bringing the blue sky down with your hair. Nicely written!

  3. This is beautiful, Kate. I can so imagine the morning drive and, like the other two commenters, I love the last stanza. But it’s all so evocative. And your introduction with all the corporate speak. Yes vomit emoji indeed. I am glad you managed to catch a bit of blue in your eyes and hair to get you through the concrete greyness of a work day.

  4. Never too late, Kate! I’m smiling to myself, imagining you hiding in your office. I hope the meeting wasn’t too boring after writing such stunning poem. I’ve always got excited about the names of Australian birds and I had to look up currawongs and their call – amazing and so different to our magpies! I love the image of spider webs glittering with frost, one of my favourite things to see in our garden. My favourite lines:
    ‘I have come down from the hills,
    bringing the blue sky with me,
    tangled in my hair, reflected in my eyes’.

    • Thank you Kim. I love the spider webs too – they were all over the place and glittering this morning.
      We have magpies too, but quite different to northern hemisphere ones. They have a lovely liquid song, but can be very aggressive in spring, swooping people in their nesting areas.

  5. writingwhatnots

    What a beautiful commute. ‘The blue sky tangled in my hair’ – love this line.

  6. I am pleased you managed to conjure up a piece of the ‘the wide blue sky’ from the confines of the office. Made me smile 🙂

  7. M

    good for you , and good for us, this pen ~

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