When I lived on Roosevelt Road in suburban Chicago
And though the cars and trucks sped past my little house
I would grab my sit-upon
(That I proudly made with my Girl Scouts troop)
And steal away from the traffic and the noise
A small girl
Both in proportion and power
And among the pussywillows and milk pods
Upon that treasured craft made of cloth and newspaper
I’d read a book and
A little girl in pigtails, not really a nature girl at all
Feeling small and invisible
Tucked in the woods near my house on the road
Hidden away – immersed in words, my sanctuary…
Today I ride my bike
A middle-aged woman fresh out of clearance to be able to use my foot again
And I pedal past nature
And hear the frogs chirping in unison
As they beckon me to remember
Those small times
I ride past the cat tails and the brush
Wishing I had a book and the courage to hide away again
(Oh this felt so good, to write again and to find a subject I could safely share). Others are writing about the word “small” today too. Check out the rest of the small people here and if you have an inkling, I’d love to hear your thoughts about the word “small.”
Love this beautiful poetic piece which also gave us a glimpse into your heart.
Hello there! We are neighbors today over at Lisa-Jo’s – writing about Small. Yes – I love this… it was like a little mini vacation… I could feel myself sitting right there with you, -not exactly a nature or woodsy girl myself – but I could smell it and see it and it brought a bit of refreshing! Thank you for that! Have a great weekend!
Oh, I love your bike. My Trek is a light purple. I love that feeling of being out in nature and just pedaling away. Those quiet times are just wonderful for my spirit.
(visiting from FMF)
Oh, I love your bike! My Trek is a light purple. I love riding it.
Melinda (visiting from FMF)
Thanks Melinda. Her name is Pearl and she’s a great bike! I think a light purple Trek sounds marvelous!
Glad to hear you’re back on two feet!
Thank you so much! I’m so happy to be wearing TWO shoes, you know what that feels like!
Yipeee! You can use both feet again! I bet that makes all these rainy days feel sunny!
It’s been so nice to walk so freely! Thank you!