Alexander Averin

Saturday, 3 July 2010

 Dear Diary,

Well it has been a long time since my last posting. I have missed you all but I've had a little holiday from work and from blogging and have been spending hours battling with weeds, trying to tame my unruly garden.  I hate pulling up weeds as they are after all just living plants that are unwanted and have landed up in the wrong place.  But I have been resolute and cast out any guilt feelings.  

And hasn't the weather been heavenly?  In between pulling up weeds I've been enjoying watching Wimbledon, it's always a treat for me to sit down and watch the tennis at this time of year.  (No Safin to drool over this year but never mind).   And I've been enjoying the World Cup too, I really love to watch good football, I always have done and while I was growing up I was a Crystal Palace supporter.  I'll say no more about England's performance in the World Cup though, it's really best forgotten.

I watched two good films this week - Julie and Julia with Meryl Streep. such a good one, especially if you love cooking and it's based on a book which was originally a blog. (a true story). The other one was The Queen with Helen Mirren.  Neither films are new but I hadn't got round to seeing either.

I  will sign off with a poem, something that just came into my head. 

Positive Thoughts

The trouble with you is you are always buried
deep beneath the negatives. Shall I list them? 
Can you spare me that much of your precious time?
I thought not and in any case upon them
you and I should never wish to dwell.
You lie so deep sometimes, submerged and overwhelmed
and guarding you, on high alert and always dressed to kill,
the thought police are on permanent patrol.

I must never give up the search for you
for positives parade in many ways,
are found in truth in all our days.
Sometimes the human heroes we encounter on our daily round
are truly saints or angels in our lives.
We almost disregard them as we heed our demons’  daily noise,
ignoring at our peril all the value in a loving, kindly face,
a baby’s smile, a laugh, a hope, a rush of love,
a real belief, some words of comfort and a strength of will,
an angel’s intervention in our life.

And unbeknown to us, amidst the graveyards in our minds
we give unholy funerals to them all
when we should seek their daily resurrection
and speak, for all to hear of good news, in a mantra
or some well-worn, bright, but long-forgotten silent prayer.

Cait O’Connor

Bye for now,
Go mbeannai Dia duit,



Cait, I love your poem :) TFx

Mac n' Janet said...

Loved both those films, saw The Queen awhile ago and Julie and Julia recently, absolutely loved Meryl Streep.

Posie Rosie said...

What lovely words of wisdom in the poem Cait, and so true.
Good for you having a well earned break and enjoying the sunshine. We have had gorgeous weather here, I am just posting old blogs on my site to catch up with present day, so they are a little out in terms of seasons!
I also know what you meant about the weeds, it does feel cruel ripping them up, especially when some of them display such colour in their pretty flowers, but they so quickly take over and suffocate the other blooms or veg, that I too give myself back ache and broken nails as I pull them from the flower beds.

Fran said...

I've got the Julia and Julia film waiting to be watched. Someone gave it to me for my birthday in April. What does that say about my life?!!

laurie said...

i liked both those films. and i love your poem.'

Frances said...

Cait, I am so glad to have had the pleasure of reading this post. Welcome back!

Your poem resonates with me on many levels. Thank you.

A time off from our usual demands really does add to our inner selves. Well done. I plan on finding some of this sort of time soon, too.

I will be up early tomorrow to be able to watch that Wimbledon final match. (Admit to now being a bit worried about the future for my fave R Federer, yet will enjoy seeing fine tennis tomorrow.)

I've seen and did enjoy both those films. For totally different reasons.

Looking forward to seeing more posts from you soon. Enjoy that garden of yours, now that you've captured all the weeds. xo

Fennie said...

I am another. Cait, who is sentimental about weeds as witness my blog in praise of bindweed the other day.

I do love that poem. It does say so much. Certainly that could have been written about me - and perhaps could be still at times.

When I say Julie and Julia I was totally bored. Found it hard to see the point. Which was sad because I had expected it to appeal given that I like Meryl Streep and am interested in cooking. But it didn't.

Poet in Residence said...

Why battle your patch? Why not work around it or with it in gently harmony with nature. Butterflies will come and thank you.

FireLight said...

This is poem that you could have written for to me! I love it. I have not been by your spot in a time...and need to catch up!
You saved up for two great films.
My favorite line from "Julia"...
"oooohhhh, b u t t e r " {{{smiles}}}

Rob-bear said...

Shw mae. Bear 'dwi

Thanks for your visit a day ago (or was it two?).

Amazing poem of the day, here.

"Buried deep beneath the negatives." It seems there so much around us that is life-denying, leading us to the graveyards in our minds from which we truly need our daily resurrections.

Love that. Truly.

CAMILLA said...

Thank you for posting the Poem Cait, some of the lines to that poem I can relate to.

Have not seen Julie and Julia film, but have seen The Queen starring Helen Mirren, what a fab actress she is.