img_3523Words fail
to make the leap from grey matter
to tapping finger tips on keys

they say
“It’s because of Mercury”
they say
“the planet is retrograde”
they say
“that makes it a poor time for all forms of communication”

thank the planetary gods
it’s NOT my muse gone mute

Their list is long ~
a lengthy scroll of do nots that would stretch to the height
of a stand
of resilient
six-hundred-year-old redwoods
should it be dropped from their crowns
commencing with
“do not make verbal agreements or
“begin a new job
“do not start a project,
“sign a contract,
“not yet,
“do not buy, do not lease, do not hire a new vet*(rinarian)”

(I’d add a footnote here*
DO NOT make sad attempts at rhyming…not ever
of course,
Mercury is, indeed, retrograde
They might forgive you then,
for your reprehensible attempt at writing poetry,
They know
that when this planet goes retro
it is a time
and reflect
[you can fill in the blank].
But, alas, more than likely
they’ll claim
this ode
“simply stank”).

And that, dear Reader, is my poem to resilience re-silly-ence. It may not adhere to the definition of an ode, but hey, Mercury is retrograde, after all. Let’s just leave it at that and reconvene next week when the planet goes direct and sanity returns…at least until the 20th of January, anyway 😦

Is it only me, or have you felt the effects of this phenomenon since mid-December, too?

About Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner

I am an adventure seeking ponderer of the mysteries of the universe, writer of children's books (represented by Stephen Fraser of the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency), and lover of anything involving armor, archery, or swashbuckling.
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16 Responses to ODE TO RESILIENCE

  1. Lyn says:

    On wing-ed tootsies, did your Ode fly to my box of in.
    I am no bard – to claim that epithet would be a sin.
    But I know what I like, and whether serious or in jest,
    any poetic offering that makes me smile I love the best.


  2. Time to reawaken, rebalance, refocus and to create. Love the trees! 🙂


  3. Susanne says:

    There’s a phenomenon I missed? Anyway, your poem is an exemplar of re-silly-ence and your bouncy approach to the muse most amusing!


  4. Dear Donna, I love your Ode. And I have a running joke with a friend about Mercury Retrograde, so I had to laugh a lot. Thank you!


  5. Corinne says:

    Thanks for enlightening me 🙂


  6. Wonderful!! It did not stink! What writer wouldn’t be able to relate? Thank you for your interest in my blog. I am very glad that it brought me here!


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