trying to love the world

tea time

in the kitchen
by Penelope Shutti

A jug of water
has it’s own lustrous turmoil

The ironing board thanks god
for its two good strong legs and sturdy back

The new fridge hums like a maniac
with helpfulness

I am trying to love the world
back to normal

The chair recites its stand-alone prayer
again and again

The table leaves no stone unturned
The clock votes for the separate burial of hearts

I am trying to love the world
and all its 8,000 identifiable languages

With the forgetfulness of a potter
I’m trying to get the seas back on the maps
where they belong

secured to their rivers

The kettle alone knows the good he does,
Here in the kitchen, loving the world,
Steadfastly loving

See how easy it is, he whistles

18 thoughts on “trying to love the world

  1. I want a special “love” button for the poem! It says so much without contributing to that dismal helpless feeling. Not a bad image to go with it either. πŸ˜€

      1. I do understand how you feel about b&w photography πŸ™‚ Actually, I’m taking part in a photo project called “Life in Black and White” for the month of August and I must confess that I’m already craving color and the month isn’t even half over yet!

      2. Perhaps even this old dog can learn a new trick or two. Did you see my latest post? It even included a B&W! (gasp)

      3. I have so much catching up to do, Gunta. I’ve been helping my son pack for grad school…he is moving to North Carolina at the end of next week. He is not very organized and will be living in his own apartment this time. Should be an interesting year…
        I will try to catch up with everyone soon! But wow, a b&w, Gunta? Big GASP! Can’t wait to see!

  2. Love the poem! Subtle, everyday love…which the image confirms. But I understand that you crave color…you capture it in different light conditions so brilliantly – not an overstatement πŸ™‚

  3. I love this B/W image. It has a real retro feel and took me back to the days of my childhood. I know you love color, but the simplicity of grey tones makes me stop and take a moment to take in all the details.

  4. I can tell you, in the sweetest language of the world , as the divine poet from Florence – Dante – would say : I love it ! MI PIACE MOLTOβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  5. Thanks for sharing that wonderful poem…I’ve never read it, but I love it! Also, the “comforting” image…love the shine on the tea kettle…

  6. I so often want to comment on your posts but anything I type seems to come out so trite, or cliche. I love your work…there’s a depth and beauty that reminds me there are many shades and tones to life.

  7. I love the homely feel to this image, to see the lustre on the boiling kettle and the steam escaping and the flames on the gas stove! Great text too!

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