sucking it up at nautilus teachings


i am sitting
at the end of the driveway
upon the morning sun pavement
warming up
my sleepy self.
i am waiting for a friend
to come pick me up
in his big, bad boy truck
so we can move some furniture…
across the street
there is a huge cypress tree
that was ‘tipped’ forward
by hurricane matthew…
the owner has trimmed some
of the branches
but it still needs work
and d and i both know
this will never happen!
i glance up at the clear
blue sky
and notice
the moon-
or half of a moon…
it makes me feel very small
and reminds me
of the new christmas commercial
John Lewis did
with Age UK
to help seniors
who may be alone over the holidays.
with the little girl
looking through her spyglass
at the old man,
who sits alone
on a bench crying
on the moon.
we really are just
tiny specs
in this huge universe
we call home.
this makes me think of
horton hears a who-
“a person’s a person
no matter how small…”
think about this premise
another town
on a flower
we walk by
every day
ignoring it
walking upon it
plucking the petals off
to make wishes
and this one silly elephant says,
“there’s a tiny person
on that speck
that needs my help!!!”

arent’ we all,
at times,
screaming to be heard
even in our silence?

and if no one hears us
or takes the time to listen
then why do we keep screaming?
we want acknowledgment
that we are here for a reason
that we matter…
the wind picks up
i hear the loose leaves
wrestling in the street
almost clamoring for
a spot upon the waving
green grasses
so the street sweeper does not come
and mash them
and take them away from freely roaming…
we all dream about safety
our own
“soft place to land”
yet there always seems to be
someone out there
trying to take away
our peace
begging us to get
caught up in their cyclone
of sadness, hatred, ugliness
willing to take us out
at all costs
if we do not agree
and join in their crusade…
i want to be like the moon
i am good with being
that tiny speck
amongst millions of
other shinning tiny stars
i don’t care if i am never discovered
or become famous
i am not in need of millions of dollars
or anything fancy
Jack on the movie
the titanic states this truth perfectly…
“I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s gonna happen or, who I’m gonna meet, where I’m gonna wind up. Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it. You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you… to make each day count. “
so i leave you with
one last quote
guaranteed to make you giggle
when life is not going as planned
“suck it up, buttercup!”