~ Poetics: Invisible Work, Luterman ~
In an attempt to improve little J's diet (he only eats food that are white)
tonight at supper I forcefully told James to eat two orange slices,
which he did- and then he threw up. It made for a memorable Mother’s Day,
and reminded me, for several reasons, of this poem…
“Invisible Work” by Alison Luterman
Because no one could ever praise me enough,
because I don’t mean these poems only
but the unseen
unbelievable effort it takes to live
the life that goes on between them,
I think all the time about invisible work.
About the young mother on Welfare
I interviewed years ago,
who said, “It’s hard.
You bring him to the park,
run rings around yourself keeping him safe,
cut hot dogs into bite-sized pieces for dinner,
and there’s no one
to say what a good job you’re doing,
how you were patient and loving
for the thousandth time even though you had a headache.”
And I, who am used to feeling sorry for myself
because I am lonely,
when all the while,
as the Chippewa poem says, I am being carried
by great winds across the sky,
thought of the invisible work that stitches up the world day and night,
the slow, unglamorous work of healing,
the way worms in the garden
tunnel ceaselessly so the earth can breathe
and bees ransack this world into being,
while owls and poets stalk shadows,
our loneliest labors under the moon.
There are mothers
for everything, and the sea
is a mother too,
whispering and whispering to us
long after we have stopped listening.
I stopped and let myself lean
a moment, against the blue
shoulder of the air. The work
of my heart
is the work of the world’s heart.
There is no other art.
I subscribe to this wonderful blog, A Jarful of Words. This was yesterday's Mother's Day Post, staggeringly gorgeous poem. I'm reblogging. I've told the author, an internet friend, that I'm reblogging. Subscribe to her blog if you want. It's wonderful!
I follow a blog by James Gurney, the creator of "Dinotopia" - fabulous work! His blog is always so fascinating. I'm going to "reblog" today's blog, giving full, full credit to James. He decided to talk about weird deep sea creatures and posted YouTube videos of some of the stranger animals found with the deep sea submarines that have been invented. I found these videos so fascinating and wanted to give other people a chance to see them as well. Enjoy.