The Poetry of Every Day

light at the end if the tunnel

The start of every day
is different, yet the same:
peer through un-curtained window
assess the sky for promise,
set mood and expectations..

Agenda similar, routine unvaried
until I’m out there,
eyes everywhere
glorying in small shy hedgerow flowers
or exuberance of roses round cottage door;
mighty mounds of cumulus,
wispy streaks of cirrus
or smooth unblemished blue.

I stop to chat to Monsieur X
in his antiquated wheelchair,
taking the air each day on his front step.
I wave at les gars as I pass the bar –
is that Monsieur le Maire I spot?
Which way at the crossroads?
I glance at church clock
for permission to choose the wild path
or admonition to hurry home.

Wild path it is.
I trudge through mud
of tractor tracks,
tangled jumble of bramble,
swerve and duck
if I’ve remembered the secateurs,
Sniff the scent of grass and flowers,
and if I’ve remembered my hearing aids,
savour  insect buzz and trilling birdsong.
at a hole at base of tree stump,
trace the track through overgrowth
wondering who or what lives there.

My exercise, daily the same,
yet ever different.

This rambling effusion was originally written for Tuesday’s Poetics prompt at dVerse, but I was too late to post, largely because I couldn’t make up my mind as to the form the poem should take.   There are elements of formal poetry – alliteration, assonance, consonance and rhyme – but the words kept coming and it needs some serious shrinking. Maybe, given more time, I will discipline it into, eg, a sonnet (my favourite form).   Meanwhile, I have linked it to the dVerse prompt from Brian Ens, on prosody.


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39 Responses to The Poetry of Every Day

  1. Pingback: Thanks | Vivinfrance's Blog

  2. I like how you took us through your day….so contemplative and lovely. Nature gives us different gifts every day.
    My word of the day…”secateurs”…I had to look it up! Thank you.
    Ironically, I used them a lot today in the garden. 🙂

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  3. Ah.. the seasons of change remind us humans that now is always different
    and unique to cherish as nature’s change as well…
    Ah.. the forms of home.. and car..
    and dollar bills do stay
    static in a past now
    illusion.. that takes
    us away from a
    morning walk
    of life

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  4. mia says:

    So beautiful. I love these lines:
    “glorying in small shy hedgerow flowers”
    “mighty mounds of cumulus”
    “I glance at church clock for permission to choose the wild path”
    “I trudge through mud of tractor tracks, tangled jumble of bramble, swerve and duck or, if I’ve remembered the secateurs, snip.”

    This is so good, Viv!

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  5. X says:

    It definitely has a stream of conciousness, or an in the moment feel as you take us on that first walk with you. You may find several poems within it, if you are willing to break it apart a bit. Its the little differences that make each day special to me.

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  6. Thank you for allowing me take this walk with you. I think that the fresh air, adventure and the ability to be whoever you want to be when you are with Nature is better than so many other distractions. 🙂

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  7. I LOVE walking with you, Viv!! What a lovely time this was…thank you!! ♥

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  8. Sabio Lantz says:

    Wonderful description of the ordinary — but not so ordinary — full of eyes-wide-open

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  9. kanzensakura says:

    I’m glad you took us on this walk with you. And glad you posted for Thursday. An everyday routine that is nothing like “every day”…different, charming, interesting…your free form is most admirable in that while free, it is also contained and not allowed to go wild like an invasive plant, obliterating everything around it. Thank you for this lovely write.

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  10. whimsygizmo says:

    Beautiful, Viv. I was walking with you. 🙂

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  11. Misky says:

    How far do you walk each day, Viv? >


  12. Candy says:

    I’ve read this several times and like your morning routine found something different to enjoy with each reading.

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  13. MarinaSofia says:

    I think the lack of form suits the ‘rambling path’ choice in this poem. And of course I adore the description of life in a small French village… Glad you posted this delightful everyday llittle treasure!

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  14. DELL CLOVER says:

    You write beautifully!!

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  15. Oh the loveliness of this, the chatting and diving into those tracks.. The smells and other senses.. A routine that’s always different… I think that the subject fits the free verse, some of the feeling might get lost in a form…

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  16. claudia says:

    i like the peacefulness of this – the chatting to the guy in the wheelchair – the taking in all the scents and sounds…beautiful

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  17. I like it just how it is. It fits the theme of your daily exercise being ever the same, but daily different. More structure would, I think, hinder that theme. My favorite line is “Wild path it is.” Perhaps that explains why I like the rambling unstructured nature of the poem. Peace, Linda


  18. I love this as it is. I loved walking along with you and seeing through your eyes and hearing what you hear. I think this is wonderful, Viv

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  19. I know you often choose to write form, as well as free verse. I think you are so good at choosing the form to fit the nature of the poem.

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  20. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Always appreciate & viva la difference; right? Your “rough-edged” free verse is actually tight & interesting, engaging & fun. It does apply, as well, to both dVerse prompts.

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  21. Bryan Ens says:

    wonderful how your “every-day” exercise is also ever varying. A wonderful account of a walk, and the many things and people that you are blessed with seeing!


  22. Connie says:

    I enjoyed reading your Thursday “Tuesday” poem, it’s so much the way I see it too, good one👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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  23. Mary says:

    I enjoyed this ‘walk’ with you, Viv. I wonder if everyone has a morning routine that is pretty much the same each day of the week. I read a few other poems to that effect for Poetics, and I myself have a pretty ‘regular’ routine. Yet, as you said at the end, it is always a little different. And, I think we can be thankful for that little difference

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  24. So true. Every day seems the same but always a bit different. Lovely poem.

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