• advent journal: surprise

    by  • December 8, 2010 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    caught by surprise
    we say — like a fly ball
    or a base runner —
    caught, perhaps
    like a falling heirloom –
    in the nick of time

    but not tonight –
    I was . . .

    taken by surprise
    like a hostage or
    a dog from the shelter —
    out of my routine
    and off to the theater
    by the dancer I know best

    then we walked
    under the lighted trees
    as we always do —
    to find the familiar
    is so flush with wonder
    is no surprise at all



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    2 Responses to advent journal: surprise

    1. December 8, 2010 at 12:20 pm

      Your similes are divine in this poem. I loved your comparison of the elements of surprise being like, first, the heart-stopping moment of nearly breaking something so priceless and then like being kidnapped from routine.

      First time I’ve come to your blog Milton. Won’t be the last.


    2. December 10, 2010 at 7:21 am

      Fabulous poem – so well crafted and very moving too !!

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