Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added) is the best-kept secret
among contemporary American writers. --John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture Marly Youmans is a novelist and poet out of sync with the times
but in tune with the ages. --First Things

Friday, May 03, 2013

The uncanny ordinary--

Life, what a strange substance, and all woven on the loom of time, which many say does not exist . . .

Take tomorrow, as that should be pleasant enough, being a Saturday. In the morning, be awakened entirely too early by small, demanding animals. That's a constant. Feel cotton-headed and dense. Drink tea and stare at the birds. Bake for the track meet sale later in the day. Tumble three children from bed. Dig around and weed in the jumble of flowers, trying to turn a cottage garden into Eden. Play with words and write a poem about something (last night it was the definition of a foreign word seen on facebook, so clearly it could be most anything.) Go sing John Rutter's "A Clare Benediction" for the funeral of a much-loved old lady. Then dash off to the youngest child's track meet. Cook because the man who likes to cook is out of town at a conference. Talk to him and my mother by the miracle of technology. Commit the daily laundrification. Probably fall asleep over a book. And perhaps all of that interrupted by surprise, for good or for ill.

If every day is a little life where one is born and dies away in a short space, how many days are worth the living? Or how many deserve a good job! at the end . . . Fewer of mine than I should like. Lately I've had the wish for each day to be more shapely, more meaningful--that no day feel, at the close, a gift that was wasted.

2 comments:

  1. Yes, I understand. But just enjoy. You have such a great work ethic that there is no need to prompt yourself. You do it as naturally as breathing.

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  2. Not so much as usual for the past year--I have been too weighted down by judging, children back in the nest, the flu, etc.. But have managed a good deal of poetry.

    If you peek on the facebook thread for this post, about halfway down there's an amusing poem about Gertrude Stein at Cypress Gardens. Somehow I think you might like it.

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.