You know those tests and quizzes that run amok on Facebook? The latest is one that generates your “life motto” along with a copy of your profile picture. Well, this was mine today. I have to say, I like it and agree with it. Often we believe we have our life path all plotted out and all will go as planned. That has definitely not been the way of my life. My path truly has emerged as I’ve walked upon it and, although there are parts of the path I would not have chosen for myself, it has all lead to where I am today. I like where I am today. So, I will continue to walk the path and see where it leads next. I can hardly wait to see what adventures arise!
1969 in a Jar
at White Sands, New Mexico.
in a big
just for me,
and ruffled my hair.
Today, that white sand is
that 1969 moment, in a jar.
This week at dVerse Poets, the challenge is: Write a poem on your blog in exactly 44 words (excluding title) where at least one of the words has to be jar, remember to link back to dVerse. Visit and get inspired by the other poets, have fun and remember to come back throughout the week to check out if there are any new entries. We will select one of the poems to be included in our upcoming anthology, and if you are selected we will contact you to get your acceptance.
I missed one day of work due to my little sons catching a bug at school and when I came back to work, I felt like I had mistakenly walked onto the set of the old Dating Game show. Just one day! I learned that three graduate students had been sent over to our clinic (the day I was out) to be interviewed for a semester long internship and I would be supervising the intern. I was given three resumes and application letters to review quickly. Every nurse, doctor and staff member mentioned the three intern candidates and which one they thought I should pick as I walked through the Dermatology Clinic where I worked as a Clinic Coordinator. I took the three applications back to my boss, Carol, and asked who she thought was the best. That’s when I learned she had already chosen an intern and he would be starting later the same morning! “Oh, and, umm, Elaine, he’s very handsome. I think you’ll really like him! Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. You should start dating!” I shook my head in frustration. “Carol! This guy is supposed to be here to learn and to help us! He’s not coming here to be set up with an over the hill divorcee with two little boys!” She just laughed and left.
Later that morning a tall, dark and handsome man walked up to my desk and introduced himself as my new intern. Dammit, he even smelled handsome! Carol just laughed at my mumbling, turned beet red after I glared at her and left us to it. I was pretty icy with him for the first couple of months. Then I thawed out to merely tepidly friendly. I didn’t want him to get any wild ideas while I was overseeing his masters project and thesis. At the end of the semester I proofread his paper and retyped it for him. Then he started asking me out to dinner to repay me for helping him so much. I kept saying no. Finally, one day he caught me overwhelmed with patients and I said yes without meaning to do so. I was sunk and he knew it. He laughed heartily and left before I could change my answer. We dated for 14 months and then I regained my sanity and broke up with him. He was too young, crazy and different for our romance to last, but our summer-spring romance ended pleasantly.
Spring and summer meet.
Flowers bloom, birds sing sweetly.
Chilly fall kills blooms.
D. Elaine Wood-Lane
Today at dVerse, the challenge was to write a brief, true romance story in one or two paragraphs followed by a concise haiku to describe the same story. This is my attempt. Yes, it is true. No, it is not the story of my romance with my husband. He’s a very private guy! Go to: https://dversepoets.com/2016/08/08/haibun-monday-a-little-romance/ to read more haibuns or to leave your own!
New life with a health problem,
Old life with a desire to go home and
she finally got her wish.
Family finally came to say their goodbyes.
We all cried.
© D. Elaine Wood-Lane, 8/3/16
Sun shines down so hot,
Cotton field dirt burns bare feet,
The hot air shimmers.
Summer days of old,
Cousins playing on the farm,
Hot dirt, hot air…joy!
Huddled inside now,
Cool air, carpet, dimness here,
Where is hot air joy?
© D. Elaine Wood-Lane
I recall a time in my childhood, when Mother’s family would gather at Aunt Mary and Uncle Dolf’s farm. We cousins would go outside to play in the 106 degree heat and we loved it! We played outside, walking through fields in our bare feet, finding magical objects in the dirt like arrow heads and pretty rocks and we were in our glory. Those are some of my favorite childhood memories.
I just recalled something I heard on the radio yesterday that concerned me so consider this a public service announcement of sorts. Please forgive my ignorance of the finer details of the Pokemon-Go game, but I’m assuming the idea is to follow clues to collect Pikachus? Anywho, a radio emcee had wondered if younger people/teens who were playing were being careful about their involvement. As an experiment, he went to a park, saw some teenagers playing, and indicated he had found a Pikachu and knew where there were some more. The kids got all excited and when he offered them a ride to the next place, they immediately agreed to go with him and headed towards his car. He was incredulous that they were so naive!
At that point, he asked the kids if they knew anything about him and, since they obviously didn’t, asked them why they would be so willing to get in a car with a complete stranger. They said that they didn’t worry about it because they were all playing the same game. He pointed out that, though that was the case, they could not be assured that he wasn’t a rapist or serial killer or anything really. The kids he spoke were 14 and 16 years old.
His point was that if it was that easy for him to dupe kids into getting into his car, it would be for anyone to do it. Although these kids were old enough for their parents to trust them to leave home on their own, he wasn’t sure it was a good idea in light of how easily coerced they were.
So, parents beware! Warn your children, even teens, of the dangers of going with someone they don’t know, regardless of how “nice” they seem.
This concludes my PSA of the day! Carry on and be careful out there! 😊
D. Elaine Wood-Lane