a poem for this day…


wishing you a day full of joy and love and hope and happiness… and starfish.

Starfish by Eleanor Lerman

This is what life does. It lets you walk up to


the store to buy breakfast and the paper, on a


stiff knee. It lets you choose the way you have


your eggs, your coffee. Then it sits a fisherman


down beside you at the counter who says, Last night,

the channel was full of starfish. And you wonder,


is this a message, finally, or just another day?




Life lets you take the dog for a walk down to the


pond, where whole generations of biological


processes are boiling beneath the mud. Reeds


speak to you of the natural world: they whisper,


they sing. And herons pass by. Are you old


enough to appreciate the moment? Too old?


There is movement beneath the water, but it


may be nothing. There may be nothing going on.




And then life suggests that you remember the


years you ran around, the years you developed


a shocking lifestyle, advocated careless abandon,


owned a chilly heart. Upon reflection, you are


genuinely surprised to find how quiet you have


become. And then life lets you go home to think


about all this. Which you do, for quite a long time.




Later, you wake up beside your old love, the one


who never had any conditions, the one who waited


you out. This is life’s way of letting you know that


you are lucky. (It won’t give you smart or brave,


so you’ll have to settle for lucky.) Because you


were born at a good time. Because you were able


to listen when people spoke to you. Because you


stopped when you should have and started again.




So life lets you have a sandwich, and pie for your


late night dessert. (Pie for the dog, as well.) And


then life sends you back to bed, to dreamland,


while outside, the starfish drift through the channel,


with smiles on their starry faces as they head


out to deep water, to the far and boundless sea.

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One response to “a poem for this day…”

  1. Deborah

    So yummy! (And no calories, either!) Thank you, Rosie, for sharing this! It’s brightened my day!

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