Today's visual prompt from Magpie Tales took me back to Cottage Grove, a small town I visited this week in Oregon. It was once the home of Opal Whiteley, a literary granny swathed in mystery. She was a child prodigy (or not) she talked to trees and fairies (or not) and she continues to inspire the curiosity of many, including me.
What if We?
alice in slumberland
dreamy state we somehow feel
compelled to interrupt with
our concrete sledgehammers
against her humbly
what if we stopped insisting
our way was right?
green against green against green
snuggly leaf comforter, not a poly throw
pink halo not golden rays
straps and necklace and hay
crown tell me she’s still
hasn’t quite escaped
what if we unlocked the shackles
and handcuffs we bind to ourselves and them, always
in the one or the other?
she sleeps away the sandpaper
the shrieks of the leaf blower
the torrential downpour of
less than thoughts and shouts
and other's opinions
what if we decided to
learn from her?
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