A Date Long Due

seeds feathery

Yesterday I was alone.

I considered feeling lonely.

Then I decided I had better things to do.

I went on a date.

With myself.

First I tried to find a park I'd heard about. I couldn't find it. I ended up in a nursing home parking lot, overlooking the river. I parked in the sun. It was too hot, but I put my seat back and I took a nap. When I woke, I pulled out of the drive and noticed these seeds. Of course I had to get out of the car and take time to explore them.


Not to be defeated in my search for the elusive park, I eventually sort of found it. Except I couldn't find my way by road. So I left the car in a strange empty lot near the highway, and I walked. I found this tunnel. It was sweet to listen to the echo of two voices at the other end— friends hiding from the sun, maybe hiding in each other on this warm afternoon.

wild rose

At the end of the tunnel, I saw wild roses. I love the way light infuses petals.

river n tree

The park was smaller than I'd hoped, and crowded. I moved on to another park. As it turned out, it was crowded too. People with people with people. I went alone to a shady hill and listened to all their sounds. I listened to the birds. Closed my eyes, napped again, sat and dreamed, wrote. I pointed my camera towards the river, then towards the sky and enjoyed my time with them, with me.

sky n trees

Sunday photos by L.L. Barkat.

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Blogger Kathleen Overby said...

looks like an altogether wonderful day. good choice.

Blogger Cassandra Frear said...

Sounds like the kind of day I could use right now and don't have time for. But then, I ALWAYS want one of these.

Blogger Glynn said...

I've started God in the Yard. It's going to be a good thing.

Blogger Maureen said...

A really beautifully written post.

Blogger Bina said...

I loved this line:

"Yesterday I was alone...I considered feeling lonely."

Caught my attention...beautiful pics, my friend. Have missed you :)


Blogger Bob Gorinski said...

With 4 little ones, I feel odd and wrestless being by myself. When I'm with everyone, I long for some quiet time to think...maybe even pray.

You sound at peace and the pics are awesome.

Blogger Kelly Langner Sauer said...

i need to find a tunnel...


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