Today is Poetics day over at dversepoets.com and we are given a choice of 4 questions to write about. They are:
Who are you and whom do you love? What else are you, that no one has seen before? Describe a morning you woke without fear. What lingers when all is said and done?
This was written as a stream of consciousness, my answer to the last question.
Who said "Life is like a bowl of cherries?" And what was their rationale?
To me, it is a day like yesterday,
a perfect day with sunshine,
blue sky, a soft breeze;
it's skipping a rock,
flowers in bloom,
and a friend to go walking with
Three days before there was rain,
when gray clouds suddenly parted
with a downpour of hail
Tiny white crystal balls
bouncing like mini rubber balls,
so high, maybe three times again
They appeared to enjoy their time,
some bounding off at an angle;
others rolled down roofs,
traveled a bit more,
stopping at the grass,
Most gathered in crevices or
became a temporary white coverlet,
wetting the ground, then melting
And when the sky cleared,
the sun staged a summery feel
of thriving and enduring
Perhaps too simplistic,
but when all is said and done,
we are caught in life,
it seems to me,
between storms and paradise
One day exquisite things happen,
the next day can be lonely and cold.
Yet this earth holds so much more
Under a giant magnifying glass
we appear as colonies of billions of ants,
with tiny homes and cars,
the tiniest of books on our shelves -
yet with incredibly complicated lives
There is the unseen world
that is felt and dreamed,
full of meaningful thoughts, prayers
All flows into a beautiful common sea
of human talent and gifts,
for the betterment of said physical world
What we learn and with new ideas,
we recycle, as nature or God would have it.
Moreover, the art, music, and technologies,
created with so much joy and pain,
cannot result in nothingness -
can NOT be in vain
To this my point and now to say:
we are energy unleashed in human form
But sometime we must leave,
taking with us what lives inside
It's value is from a sacred place,
the center of the heart of everything,
a safety net of love,
where nothing is forgotten or lost
Like a fiddler dancing happily on the roof,
so the hail dances in it's glory,both playing until they run out of steam
Engaging, then impacting the earth,
but never really gone
Hail becomes water, evaporates,
but can put on quite a show .
Life is just a bowl of cherries;
Don't make it serious;
Life's too mysterious.
You work, you save, you worry so,
But you can't take your dough when you go, go, go.
So keep repeating it's the berries;
The strongest oak must fall.
The sweet things in life
To you were just loaned,
So how can you lose what you've never owned?
Life is just a bowl of cherries,
So live and laugh at it all.
Original song written for a movie in 1931 with Ethel Merman. Also, there was a phrase in the 17th century, "Life is but a cherry-fair", but that meant "Life is very short."