“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


5 Days

This piece of wall
is a red road headed uphill.
Mountain below,
mountain beyond,
assumed sky above.
Found art,
it reminds me of trips through
the Arizona mountains.

I have 5 days off starting 4 hours ago
and an itchy trigger finger for images.
The need to be gone is strong

If Lily cat were a car-cat she and I would hit the road.

5 days off is nothing to be sneezed at.
I haven't had a vacation in 13 years,
and only one week in the few years before that.
5 days off, right in a row,
is the most I ever get and it always includes a weekend.
It's been a couple of years since the last 5.

These 5 days began with a long massage,
an hour and a half massage,
and a gift I will tell you about later,
which filled my heart and made me cry.
These days will be filled with sleeping late if needed,
with short road trips,
with writing,
with reading,
with doing nothing if I feel like doing nothing.

These next 5 days will have no apologies
and wear no earrings.


  1. oh bless your soul! i hope you do all the nothing that your little heart desires!

  2. These 5 days sound like heaven to me, and they should have no apologies and they should wear no earrings, unless, of course, you get in the mood for long dangly pretty ones, and then you should wear them, and dance around the room, or under the moonlight and sing. And cry if you will, or smile if you won't, and both will belong just to you.
    P.S., word verification: lions
    You should roar.

  3. 5 days off is such a wonderful gift! Much needed time for yourself, it seems. :) Enjoy every minute!

  4. what a gift....break it open and run with it ! these just may be the best 5 days of your life....or maybe this year or maybe just this month....

    whatever the case....dance baby, dance !
    and doing nothing can be a beautiful thing !

  5. hell fire, be it all you...

  6. No apologies..no earrings..and no shoes on my feet. I think I'd add that to my 5 days vacation.
    Enjoy every minute!!!

  7. Oh, darlin'!!
    Have a glorious time!!! :-D

  8. Happy for you! May it be fabulous and restful.

  9. Just fill yourself up to the very tippy-top, or even let your cup runneth over. You're years behind!

  10. take your time and just be.

  11. I loved those last two lines. So beautifully stated. Enjoy.

  12. Thirteen years!!?!?!?!?

    Oh, sweetpea! Enjoy. I can't wait to hear about it. Later. For now, enjoy. Breathe. Rest. Refresh. Discover.

    Love you.

  13. 5 sweet days of BLISS!

    Enjoy them sweetie...soak them up and do with them whatever you so desire.

    I can picture you right now, driving in your jeep, a mini road trip, windows down, camera on the seat beside you, waiting to be grabbed at a moment's notice...you, feeling the freedom in your bones, in your wings.

    Have a wonderful 5 whole days!
    Much love.


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