Sunday, December 14, 2008

mundane meanderings

sorting through laundry
she set about ironing out
those crinkles, singing softly
keeping in tune with
beethovan wafting out
from the next room

her fingers itched to play
yet her hand smoothened out
wrinkles out of clothes
creating more in her mind.
distractions of mundane chores
did nothing for her frustration

"bawling of her infant brought
about an instant smile-
her face glowing like thousands of lights"

32 comments:

Whitesnake said...

Do you iron as well?
If ya do I could have a job for ya!

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

"Beethovan"- that alone makes me love this one. :)

Edward S Gault said...

Babies are always a welcome distraction!
Thank you.

spacedlaw said...

Too may distractions in our lives, pulling away from our desire.

anthonynorth said...

Ah, the nice distractions that can make the mundane worthwhile!

SandyCarlson said...

I loved when my daughter distracted me from my chores. Those were the best moments! She reminded me what was important.

barbs.haiku said...

While I actually find mundane chores to be quite de-stressful, nothing beats the sound of a baby's voice.

jone said...

A baby is always a welcomed distraction. Love the contrast to ironing and Beethovan playing

Deborah Godin said...

Wonderful little 'slice of life' moment!

Haiku Tuna said...

I loved the layered distractions!

Beth P. said...

Hi Gautami--
Layers of distractions here... among them possibly Beethoven!

Thank you as always for your amazing view on the world--

Raven said...

Such a lovely and true human moment in time. Beautifully done.

Sioux said...

That's beautiful!

AscenderRisesAbove said...

aw very sweet. it reminded me of ironing when i was growing up -- when I was finally allowed to iron on my own.

Gilson said...

Hope she'll get that iron done quickly !!!!

Julia Smith said...

LOL! For some people, the infant crying would put the wrinkles in their forehead, not take them away. This made me love the narrator instantaneously.

lissa said...

ironing is so ordinary and yet not really

even the most mundane of days can sometimes have some bright spots

Fledgling Poet said...

Oh my gosh, did this strike home with me...wonderful!!

Tumblewords: said...

Some distractions are wonderful!! Nice work

Sue said...

You called this "mundane," and I say "hoorah" for the mundane. Merriam-Webster's dictionary's first definition of mundane is "of, relating to, or characteristic of the world." Would that all our poetry reflected the world so aptly!

Linda Jacobs said...

I love the commonness of this. We all iron when we'd rather be doing something else. And then something even better happens.

Great little poem!

Quiet Paths said...

I love this life-picture. The music of Beethoven circling in and among the motions of living. The little distraction... wonderful.

Annamari said...

simplicity and sadness captured in few strokes

Jim said...

My daughter composes and plays. She would fit your poem to a reversed tee, mundane chores do not distract her from her music.
But helping her child does.
..

Patois said...

The best distraction I've ever found. A great poem.

Bill said...

snowy day . . .
hugging the clothes
out of the dryer

fourwindshaiga said...

Your poems shows how many places a mind can be at one time. I'll bet many a poem has been put together at the ironing board.

Tammy said...

Hi Tami, this was very sweet and bawling is certainly a distraction.

gel said...

Beethovan- ah yes.

one more believer said...

what a wonderful picture you have painted.. anything w/music to escape the chattering noise...

Beloved Dreamer said...

Tami, what a graceful and flowing poem. The mind is a stranger to most who sometime fear to walk within.You are a brave one.

love,Melanie-bd

mgirl said...

"glowing like a thousand lights" now that's the kind of distractions we like, babies. Thanks for a wonderful reminder.