Sunday, April 13, 2014

While doing my pre-spring routine, I smell lilacs




Snow has melted, grass is soppy bowl
Of twisted twigs and remnants of autumn repast

I open my closet and organize my clothes
Winter on the left side, spring on the right side
Each jacket folding, a seeding packet is open
To suckle and feed the still-cold garden

Each skirt unfolding, flowers tumult like buzzed bees
Pink, green, yellow & blue, I line my blouses
Like daisies on meadows, carelessly fluffed on hangers
I imagine being buried in pink cotton candy

While opening shoe boxes of sandals & flat shoes
I wrap my leggings, shawls, winter mittens - all grey
In another box, top uppermost shelf
All the boots are covered & filed like Christmas trinkets
Easily forgotten like yesterday's weather report

I paint my toenails salmon pink
Tomorrow is warm as baby's breath.
I put on my blue running shoes & my feet sprints out of the door
Even though my hands are half-typing my pre-spring checklist. 


Posted for Imaginary Garden for Real Toads - Sunday's Mini-challenge : Routines, smeared by orange juice
and Poets United - Thanks for the visit ~

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42 comments:

  1. Ha! I love anticipating the run while still writing the check list! Such a unique poem! I too reorganize my closet around Easter/Passover, but you make it music memory movement anticipation happiness. I wish I had written this poem. I'm keeping it in my file of poems I don't want to live without.

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    1. PS: For the first time I see tight little buds on my lilacs! Exquisite scent.

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    2. I have to organize my clothes, if not my cabinet is a mess, smiles ~ I am envious that you can see those little buds already ~ Here it is still a tad cold but its warming up all next week ~ Thanks for the visit Susan ~

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  2. Beautiful! Sounds like you have colorful and pretty Spring clothes and sandals. I'm doing a lot of reorganizing, too, this Spring. It's a lovely time of the year. Enjoy the lilacs when they bloom, but I think they already blossomed in your closet. Smiles :)

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    1. I washed them yesterday ~ They are all prep in my cabinet to wear this week, smiles ~

      I really enjoy wearing them instead of my usual grey/black winter stuff ~ Thanks Loredana ~

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  3. All of a sudden, I'm overtaken by guilt for not have begun the organizing yet...but it's wonderful to see life coming to my lilacs again. Another cycle. Feels great to see the sun.
    Steve K.

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    1. Yes, the sun and anticipation of seeing those buds again lifts me up~ Thanks Steve ~

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  4. Oh, it is such a relief to even THINK about putting those wintry things away. And to think about wearing sandals again is pure heaven!! Your poem fills me with anticipation of what will soon (hopefully) be.

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    1. I wear my light jackets now and those in-between clothes ~ Looking forward to those days too Mary ~

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  5. Beautiful and inspiring! And very much painting a picture of that spring anticipation! Great write!

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  6. Ah, Grace! I feel as I just visited your ...closet lol...so neat...and the smell of lilac...I can smell it! Now run out, good idea! :) Happy Sunday!

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    1. Thanks and wishing you Happy Sunday too ~

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  7. every year and everywhere the same routine is followed..reorganizing...in a hot country like ours the brief winter is really enjoyable...now we are being baked and roasted ...ugh... :(

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    1. I forgot at this time of year, on your part of the world, its terribly hot ~ Our winter is long and unbearable here hence spring is eagerly anticipated ~ Thanks Sumana ~

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  8. like flowers we put on colours in spring :)

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    1. Yes, I do with my clothes mostly with flowery designs, smiles ~ Thanks Natasa ~

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  9. The excitement & joy, all up in the air [for once] flowering in Spring. Everything's gonna be all but fine, your poem tells it so. Smiles.

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  10. I wear the same things all year around, no organizing, easy peasy lol

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  11. I am a list person--I organize my to do lists on the run--in between things--but rarely do I get to my closets! Lovely feel to this Grace--fresh and alive

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  12. Hi Grace
    I like your poem. You pack vintern down and spring out. You have written it so well. -

    Wishing you a good and creative week!
    Jette Majken

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  13. sounds like you are getting ready for spring for sure...while on break this week we will be pack in the winter clothes and pulling out the summer....passing the seasons on ourselves...today is about outside though...too nice to stay indoors...

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  14. I love lilacs and thes elook awesome, that is the beauty of spring I know. Still I have some roses, Im happy for this!

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  15. what a lovely Spring treatise; have a nice Sunday

    much love...

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  16. I love that switch from winter to spring clothing. Yay!

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  17. I too can relate to that moment when we sort clothes and shoes in our closets. I enjoy the feelings of anticipation and expectation. And I love the smell and look of the tiny lilac buds!

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  18. Beautiful.

    I have been planting seeds and it shall freeze again this week.

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  19. Oh thank you for sharing how you are packing up winter and unveling spring. I never understood how depressing winter can be. Little wonder that people and the flowers are in a big hurry to get outside.
    Happy Spring!

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  20. I love all of the colors, Grace. That last stanza is delightful.

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  21. Where we live winter and spring clothing is much the same...just little more or little less. (It is why my closets are never, EVER, sorted (or cleaned?). You write today with that flair of spontaneity...about orderliness and cleanliness, and springtime working, making it sound exciting to be so occupied. AND....what a beautiful thought: "...I line my blouses
    Like daisies on meadows, "
    All nice!

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  22. I love how you lined up the inner routine against the workings of spring...

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  23. " I line my blouses
    Like daisies on meadows, carelessly fluffed on hangers"

    This is so lovely, (the entirety) and I wish I'd read it before I did my closet last week...would have been a lot more enjoyable!

    Thank you for the wonderful challenge Grace!

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  24. careful you don't pack winter so tight it doesn't return, now :) ~

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  25. I really love this Grace, it is so light and warm and happy! :-)

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  26. How lovely it must be to say goodbye to your winter months and welcome the freshness of Spring, packing away your winter woollies and bringing out the colour including salmon pink nails :-)

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  27. I'm wearing my Life Is Good t-shirt right now. It's got a picture of beach chairs and lemonade on the front. Bring on the warm, baby! You did remind me, I really need to paint my nails! As always, thank you!! Have a wonderful (warm?) week. We are in for more cold. Ugh!

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  28. You sound so wonderfully organized! And in verse. k .

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