Friday, March 1, 2013

Just as Sudden the Week/Month Ends

 I was warned by My friend Billy to be careful when using the word "suddenly"  so in the spirt of that warning I try and use it liberally and often, rules are for breaking I say....

As it was, I found myself rising early and slipping on shoes for hiking when my small doggie Martin got the sudden urge to join us, that is, Banjo and I, my regular hiking compadre. So I thought why not, it's time to show him the sights.......the deer.

 and more deer. Mart liked their fancy behinds......

he has some "fancy", behind the ears himself.

We were all enthralled at the sudden appearance of spring, these shooting stars are as quick as the real thing, and just as quickly as they make a showing they are suddenly gone so we plan to make our  pilgrimage often.


            “Never use the word suddenly just to
            create tension.”
                        —Writing Fiction

Suddenly, you were planting some yellow petunias
outside in the garden,
and suddenly I was in the study
looking up the word oligarchy for the thirty-seventh time.

When suddenly, without warning,
you planted the last petunia in the flat,
and I suddenly closed the dictionary
now that I was reminded of that vile form of governance.

A moment later, we found ourselves
standing suddenly in the kitchen
where you suddenly opened a can of cat food
and I just as suddenly watched you doing that.

I observed a window of leafy activity
and, beyond that, a bird perched on the edge
of the stone birdbath
when suddenly you announced you were leaving

to pick up a few things at the market
and I stunned you by impulsively
pointing out that we were getting low on butter
and another case of wine would not be a bad idea.

Who could tell what the next moment would hold?
Another drip from the faucet?
Another little spasm of the second hand?
Would the painting of a bowl of pears continue

to hang on the wall from that nail?
Would the heavy anthologies remain on their shelves?
Would the stove hold its position?
Suddenly, it was anyone’s guess.

The sun rose ever higher.
The state capitals remained motionless on the wall map
when suddenly I found myself lying on a couch
where I closed my eyes and without any warning

began to picture the Andes, of all places,
and a path that led over the mountain to another country
with strange customs and eye-catching hats
suddenly fringed with little colorful, dangling balls.
Tension by Billy Collins

I hope you find yourself doing something sudden and delicious the weekend!

Happy March all, xoxo Ro and Mart


  1. Suddenly I posted a comment....
    I'm always amazed at how long the white tail deer tails are in my neck of the woods.
    My dogs are interested in deer tails too. ( Maybe it's not just the tails).

    Have a fab weekend!


  2. Suddenly you are here and I can wish you a good weekend in person Cinda and your deer lovin' dogs too!!


  3. !
    I absolutely love that poem. Thank you so much for sharing!
    "...and another case of wine would not be a bad idea." {hear! hear! here...}

    Happy March. Happy Weekend!

  4. I always am taken a litte aback when February leaves...I know its 28 days, almost every year, but SUDDENLY its March! Again!
    Suddenly spring is in the air! Suddenly its only 3 months until I leave California for our home in Oregon.
    Suddenly, I realize that I'm going to MISS running over to see you.
    I think I'm a little blue this morning!
    Xoxo my friend.

    1. Don't be blue, you're still here, come over and I'll hug your neck!
      I suddenly got the urge to clean up my mess, I even dusted my little tug :)

    2. Yes, gotta come over!
      Gotta be quick
      I miss my Ro
      Her dog
      And stick!

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  5. You, and now Billy favorite rule breakers!

    "...fancy behind the ears himself"...*snort* Just the pick me up I needed this sluggish Friday morning.

    Suddenly, I feel like taking the day off.


    1. I have that same sudden feeling, still I'll chug along perhaps bit slower today.

      xoxooo Billy, Ro and Mart :P

  6. I'm always breaking the language rules.

    Charming creatures you keep company with, Ro. I need some dogs and some deer. We seem to be still in the midst of winter. Hopefully spring will come suddenly. :-)

    1. It's so much fun to break them!

      Or at least one dog is always fun, good company. I hope your spring is sudden, just around the corner.

  7. Oh what a delightful poem!
    Bingo is a big fan of the deer too, they're not as fancy here as yours though.
    Enjoy your weekend :)

    1. I love it too, I was thinking about it the other day when I made some very bad rhyming verses.

      Bingo and the Deer sweet, I'm sure they are beautiful, ours seem to be shedding already.

      Happy weekend to you Deer!

  8. a perfect poem!

    that mart. was he holding still or did you *suddenly* grab 'hold of him?

    thank you for shooting stars. they are one of my [many] favourites....

  9. Ha, well I did grab hold and show him the deer that he didn't notice til they suddenly moved!