Pondering Little Things

Betina Naab pinterest.com

Betina Naab   pinterest.com

Washing the dishes
a man’s job in this house
I ponder some little things
of large consequence in life
The blessing of salt which
seasons the salmon even
while it preserves it

How salt dissolves
in water unlike sugar
yet how it remains when
all the water has evaporated
How a marriage is better
salty than it is sweet
Salt making thirsty

Sweet making sick
But how sugar & salt
in appropriate proportion
glaze a smoked fish perfectly
making the old fisherman
happier to stay home
under a new moon

A moon we know
portends the big bite
over on the sweet waters
where fish from the salty`sea
move up`stream toward
where they were born
where they will die

   The dishes are all washed!
   Time to go iron my shirts!

“Choose carefully how you will be influenced, and how you are influencing,
in every moment. 
The structure of the relationship between the Human Species
and the rest of Creation 
will be determined by those choices…moment by moment.”
~ Rob Taylor, The Irreducible Primary


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
This entry was posted in poetry and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Pondering Little Things

  1. ahh, the saline life

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Mish says:

    I love the metaphors you’ve used in this, Peter.
    And…quoting Rob Taylor…icing on the cake!


  3. I love how this poem flows from the concrete domestic chore to the wandering ponderings then back to the concrete domestic chores. Such a great flow. My mind drifts similarly when washing dishes, too. Delightful poem.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.