Simply the way it was (Eclipse of sorts)

Simply the way it was (Eclipse of sorts)

At a certain point, she even felt the trees longing
to hold the child she carried,
the sky scrying to espy
the color of his eyes;
all of Nature, she felt sure,
yearned with her
to meet him,
though after he was born,
she kept him close as bark
for some time, letting not wind nor glare make
their acquaintance, any leaving
out of the question,
and whether Nature was peeved
was too complicated a thing
for her to think about, there with the new son
at her side.



For a prompt by the wonderful Kerry O’ Connor on Real Toads to write about a simple  thing.  I should note that this poem is imagined–not meant to express anything about boy or girl babies–I’ve only been thinking about the sun a bit what with the eclipse.

Drawing is mine–pastels and charcoal on paper, 2017.  All rights reserved. 

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14 Comments on “Simply the way it was (Eclipse of sorts)”

  1. kanzensakura Says:

    A sweet poem. We are looking forward to the eclipse Monday in the US

  2. Jim Says:

    This is a ‘nature baby’ we are sure.
    Selfish mother is going to renege?

    Your tree drawing is about as twisted as the poem.
    Nice k, reading and untangling it.

  3. Sherry Marr Says:

    I love the trees longing to hold her unborn baby. Very cool.

  4. kim881 Says:

    I love the opening lines and especially:
    ‘she kept him close as bark
    for some time, letting not wind nor glare make
    their acquaintance’.
    A beautiful way to describe the protectiveness of a new mother.

  5. Brendan Says:

    Now now, share with nature what nature doth yearns … Its great to read this manger scene from inside a child’s protective grasp, the one who is still learning to trust and share.

  6. Rosemary Nissen-Wade Says:

    Ah yes, that’s a special moment, when he is wholly hers!

  7. Kerry Says:

    Some ideas came together as I read: the trees and their leaves, the woman and child, the sun and the new day.. uncomplicated but essential parts of the whole.

  8. Mama Zen Says:

    This is exquisite!

  9. I read the child more as a metaphor… our babies are our ideas. Love the connection to trees as well. Wonderful poetry.

  10. Polly Says:

    Beautiful and evocative, a gorgeous poem k. x

  11. hypercryptical Says:

    Your words are gentle and beautiful. (They feel like the beginning of a wonderful story – I want more!)
    Anna :o]

  12. This is absolutely gorgeous!💘

  13. Protective – that word comes to mind … and fearful. Interesting poem that leaves me with a lot of questions. It’s almost like a prologue to a story…

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