U is for: Unplanned, Upsetting the Apple Cart, Unexpected

I had plans for tonight, a treat. I dressed up, did my hair, was ready for a little showy fun.

But no. Work had other plans, plans that required me to stay at my desk late, later, latest. And then this storm, reminder of the dreary turn of my events, the washing out of what should have been a fun evening. Sigh.

Night Storm

And the sky cries rain
pours it down in waves, in sheets,
looking like my mood
this grey and ugly Tuesday.
And my plans are smashed
I am sour and prickly,
wishing myself done —
away from anywhere here.
Not as bad as that —
not really. The sound of rain
sings on my windows,
Makes me remember
AC singing Nora Jones
under his tin roof
his laughter making me smile.
Makes me remember
red pants, their dye running down
turning my sneakers
from cream white to fuchsia pink
bringing more laughter.
Good to recall other storms,
changes in old plans,
that the storm isn’t to blame.
Good to remember
these other moments, laughter,
possibilities.
Good to remember myself,
sitting quiet, listening.

_____

A chōka is a Japanese form poem with a specific syllable count per line. The shortest form of chōka  is: 5 / 7 / 5 / 7 / 5 / 7 / 5 / 7 / 7. The 5- and 7-syllable lines can repeat as many times as needed. The poem’s end is signaled by the extra 7-syllable line. The final five lines can be used to summarize the body of the poem.



 

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7 thoughts on “U is for: Unplanned, Upsetting the Apple Cart, Unexpected

  1. Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski

    Beautiful! I love how angry the poem starts but the remembering brings you to a quiet place of grace and gratitude. The rain has been nonstop here too.

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  2. i am so sorry you missed your fun evening because of work, and rain. That is always so annoying and frustrating. As though work is taking over your life, which it’s never meant to do. But you turned the disappointment into something lovely and not whiny. I hope work lets up, along with the rain.

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    1. Thanks, Sonia! It does quite often feel like work is taking over my life, but I’m trying hard to achieve (and then maintain) some balance, maybe even tip the scale toward more time for life!

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