“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


if i were . . .

more navel gazing.
an image from last year.

i found this at julochka's,
and she found it somewhere else,
and i don't know how much is wishful thinking
how much is really true.
a perfect exercise for a lazy saturday.

if i were a month i’d be august on vacation,
if i were a day i’d be spring forward,
if i were a time of day i’d be the blue hour,
if i were a font i’d be easily readable,
if i were a sea animal i’d be a starfish,
if i were a direction i’d be true north,
if i were a piece of furniture i’d be an old blue rocking chair
on a front porch,
if i were a liquid i’d be the water of a summer lake,
if i were a gemstone i’d be a pearl,
if i were a tree i’d be climbable,
if i were a tool i’d be a swiss army knife,
if i were a flower i’d be a wild one,
if i were an element of weather i’d be storm clouds rolling in,
if i were a musical instrument i’d be a cello,
if i were a color i’d be barely there blue,
if i were an emotion i’d be full-out love,
if i were a fruit i’d be a salted lemon,
if i were a sound i’d be a cat's purr
right before sleep shushes me,
if i were an element i’d be oxygen,
if i were a car i’d be an old used Army jeep
with no top & no doors & summer overhead,
if i were a food i’d be a homegrown tomato
still warm from the sun,
if i were a place i’d be the arizona desert,
if i were material i’d be worn & faded denim,
if i were a taste i’d be daiquiri ice,
if i were a scent i’d be green tea and oranges,
if i were a body part i’d be a very clear eye,
if i were a song i’d be guy clark's stuff that works,
if i were a bird i’d be a hawk,
if i were a gift i’d be a surprise wrapped in silk
tied with string,
if i were a city i’d be hot springs, arkansas,
if i were a door i’d be a screen door slamming,
if i were a pair of shoes i’d be flipflops on hot blacktop roads,
if i were a poem i wouldn't rhyme.

c'mon, play along.
see what you find when you ask what you'd be.
and ignore any comments
saying you are so self-absorbed.
or say yes, i am,
come on in.
they will


  1. -first let me say how much I love the reflection and the fan..your photos are so unique.

    self absorbed ? I think not..interesting and fun is what I would call it.

  2. I love who you are....and the material part...OH ME TOO....denim denim denim !

    and can you believe it's the hot look this spring and summer :)

  3. Love this, it is such a great way to peak inside someone else's head, all the little day to day things we might not see otherwise. I think I will try it tomorrow.
    The photo is perfect, dream-like and surreal, but also that same little peak.
    When I first started my blog, someone said that to me, "it's seems a lttle self-absorbed." And I said, "well, yes, it is. that's kind of the point."
    All writing, all art, comes from that place of self-absorbtion.
    The finished product is the part that drips back out...and that is the beauty.

  4. it's done. i've played along..due to my great need for self indulgence. :)

    i've kept 2 of your answers as mine, and almost, almost were a cello.


  5. i almost went with storm clouds as well, but then a hurricane hit me. :-)

    and i wish i'd thought about the salted lemon, that's a great fruit!

    your list seems somehow both deeper and breezier than mine. if that makes sense.

    glad you did this. i think it was deeper than it seems on the surface.

  6. Cool idea. Maybe you should do a wordle on your answers? :)

  7. OK ~ I am hooked now... I followed you over here from Relyn's blog becaused I liked the way you wrote and your little Haley Mills like photo. Now I have read more of your posts and you do have an incredible delicious flair for writing and I really like it! Plus, once I lived in Greenville Texas (1990), but I never met this photographer.
    I enjoyed my visit!
    ~ k

  8. i did this meme once, but it was a much shorter version. but one of my favorites.

    love the barely there blue...

    and i can't say how much i love this photo! so dreamy! so ethereal.

  9. You are SO self absorbed...and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that - this is your blog and you can write what you please. Plus, it gives us a little insite into who you are, which is quite lovely. I might have to give it a try. =)

    Hope you are well.

  10. Oh..this is magical. If I were you..I'd take a deep bow for a standing ovation!!!

  11. Ohhhh so playing along. I would be the blue hour too...I cherish that beautiful time of day!

  12. I loved this list. My favorite was the screen door slamming and that would have been mine too if I'd thought of it! Salted lemon makes my mouth water even as I type this. And who says self-absorption is a bad thing?
    xo Liz

  13. This was nice to read. I enjoyed your answers. I knew when I read it on joluchka's blog that it would be everywhere. I sis my own take on it a few days back.

    I enjoy your blog. It's a nice read, insightful, and well written. Glad I found it.

  14. i like "who" you are, but i already knew that. oh how i love your descriptions - so very poetic and romantic with so much depth. I feel you are really in-touch with who you are and that is fantastic.
    and of course i love your photo

  15. Your list is wonderful! I read this on joluchka's blog as well and have published my own list. You have a lovely blog; I'm happy to have found it.


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