Friday, July 12, 2013

Brandywine


Organic Brandywine Tomato Sprouts



I’m going to buy an orchard
and pick fruit, waving flies away.

I’ll wear a straw hat
and a sleeveless shirt.

I’m going to garden
and bake pies—

thick ones, full of hearty chunks of tart fruit.
And I am going to walk in the evenings,

when it’s still light,
after grilled chicken and sliced tomatoes.

And I’m going to forgive myself
when I remember all the things I never did.


© 2013 Jennifer Wagner


 

35 comments:

Brian Miller said...

sounds like you have a wonderful list of things to do...i would love the pies and tomatoes...smiles...love the close...that...is def important....do what you can, while you can

Wendy Bourke said...

This is just lovely, Jennifer. There's a feisty serenity to the piece that is so sweet. I love it!

Fireblossom said...

No one can do everything, but grilled chicken and tomato slices sounds like a marvelous start.

grapeling said...

Such an enjoyable read, Jennifer, and timely, timely...

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Forgiving ourselves is key...we often talk about forgiving others but we rarely forgive ourselves. I have always wondererd why that is...

Anonymous said...

I really, really like this!

Tank said...

Take me with you!!! This is my new favorite of yours - what a perfect summer poem and a portrait of peace.

ND Mitchell said...

I like your direction and determination here Jennifer. A really nice piece of writing.

NataĊĦek said...

this was lovely..i like the connection to nature and the closing lines are perfect:
"And I’m going to forgive myself
when I remember all the things I never did."

Anand S Unni said...

So, a lot of things in the 'To-Do' list. Now, better start it one at a time. ;)

anthonynorth said...

Well, I reckon if we ever did do everything we ever wanted to do, we didn't want to do enough :-)
Nice one. Enjoyed your words.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Can I come over too? I'll bring wine...

Abin Chakraborty said...

lovely thoughts.sounds wonderful.

Panchali said...

Oh, I love them too...niice ♥:)!!

Mary said...

Jennifer, that last line is 'killer good.' It blew me away. Yes, all the things one says one is going to do and doesn't could fill a book, right?

So today I am.....just going to take a walk!! (And read/write poetry) LOL.

Liz Rice-Sosne said...

Oh yes, very good things to do ... and a lovely poem too.

Vandana Sharma said...

Wow, such a beautiful thing to do...

PhotoDiction said...

Love the ending - too often we live in regret. Forgiveness, especially to ourselves, is definitely the way to inner peace.

LaTonya Baldwin said...

Oh Maude! (my version of OMG). POETRY. I'll be by with the pickup to carry you to the fields. I love poetry born in real life with ordinary words singing brilliantly. Well done, Jennifer.

Lisa A. Williams said...

What a superb ending to this lovely poem!

Nissa Annakindt said...

A poem of intentions. Can I have a piece of the grilled chicken?

rallentanda said...

What a lovely poem!Now you don't need to do any of it..it's done:)

madhumakhi said...

A nice optimistic poem that gives a sensual description of a relaxed life in the midst of nature. And forgiving ourselves is the wisest decision we can ever make. It makes us happier as people.

Grace said...

Beautiful ending Jennifer ~ May we always remember those times and walk and live each day to the fullest ~

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

Lovely, especially your ending--I think this is what we do as we get older if we are lucky!

Anonymous said...

Last verse says it all.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love all those plans, especially the grilled chicken and tomato slices!!!!!!

MunirGhiasuddin said...

You will do all of those things on day:)
Meanwhile the poem is beautiful.

janetld said...

This really makes me smile, and I can sure relate to it. What a surprise ending!

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Nicely done, with a delightfully surprising ending.

Madeleine Begun Kane

kaykuala said...

You can say that again, Jennifer! One often reflects on the 'what if's' with a little amusement and a little regret! Nicely!

Hank

Erika RT said...

Love this...it may become my mantra....Thanks

Anonymous said...

love your texture-y poem! such a delcious way to live. and the voice is natural and flowing.

ZQ said...

Bon Chance!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

This sounds like quite the beautiful existence to me :) I love it.