Sunday, June 07, 2009

Buttercups & the Hula-Hoop Moon

I sit on the curb with a thousand and one things to do and instead I plunder through the sidewalk chalk...
psychedelic and inverted etchings in the sand take form on the blacktop of my street...
inevitably, the eternal waves of the ocean wash away such etchings, just as each passing car throws another clouded puff of chalk into the air...

my audience, sitting on a cast iron table that weighs more than I do are yellow flowers...
like me, they continue to face the skies...
where the sun once was and where the full yellow moon rises hula-hooping misty rings of amber...
and I begin to sing...
'why don't you fill me up?'
I hear her sweet angel-like voice join right in...
'fill me up! buttercup baby...'

Flowers and sunbursts, peace signs and words cover the road before me...
we forgot about the bills to be paid, the calls to be made, the clothes to be washed and the bags to be packed...

No worries.
Just a couple girls, an open road, a setting sun, a rising moon, a box of chalk and a connected peace...

A couple of hours later, another girlfriend told me that I had better get busy gathering and packing for the beach.
I thought about it...
but opted to simply enjoy my moment, right then, there, with her...
as I had chosen to enjoy my moment in the road...

It's all good. I'll get it all taken care of.

Plus, I know that if the jolly green giant were to come down at this moment or any moment and declare
'SkinnY! You have one hour to pack your stuff!' that in that one hour, I would gather all that I needed...
tethered to the moment, tethered to my faith...

Four more days...
until I don't need the chalk to scribble in the sands...

(Artwork compliments of Singleton, Rachael, Skinny and Mother Nature...May the Circle Remain Unbroken)

8 comments:

Anne said...

Aw, that sounds wonderful. I would like to go to the beach too. I guess I'll just imagine for now. :)

Justgivemepeace said...

OMG, sisterlove...I haven't done a thing....
I'm just counting!
ILYSSVM....
Four:)

skinnylittlesister said...

Anne....that's where it all begins...with the imagining of it!

Sisterlove...THree more days of work over here!

Mel said...

Three more days, three more days, THREE MORE DAYS!!!

YIPPEE!!!!!!

As for me--I'll take out the sidewalk chalk and think of youse guys.
As soon as it quits raining....*sigh*

Dee said...

Wow, I'm excited and I'm not even going! Haha! I will look forward to STS9. Have a GREAT trip and
say hi to your fam for me.

Enjoy yourself!
~~~*~~~
D.

Orhan Kahn said...

Your passion for paradise is beautiful. There isn't a single moment of hesitence in it.

Enjoy your time away, sister Paiger :)

skinnylittlesister said...

Oh Mel...I remember the floods you had last year & hope it doesn't get so bad this year! It would be nice if Momma Nature would let it stop long enough for you to doodle some & then she can send the rains to clear your palette. Noticed taht if the black top is damp the colors do PoP! This sidewalk chalk was glow-in-the-dark :)

Dee...we will have fun @ STS. Remember when we took the neighbors garden gnome to the beach? hahaha. My fam always asks about you, so sending your hellos will be a given. BTW, you guys can still come this Sunday To fetch your psychedelic canoe :)

Orhan...:) Oh, I undoubtedly will enjoy my time away!One of these years you will have to meet us there!

Dee said...

Of course! That was a great trip. How could I forget? The little guy had a satisfying meal at Waffle House on the way down, too, as I remember.

BTW..I finished working on my Dads' computer so I'm going to take a look at yours next/soon.

The canoe...I will mention to Alan. We are going back to NC this weekend for more mountain madness. I will salute you from a summit as you sun yourself at sealevel! :D

XO
D.