there is the shade of the willow tree
the stone gnome sleeping peacefully
the deer that chew its healing leaves
the green light shifting in a gentle breeze
the piebald magpie with its chatter
about things that do not really matter
the cat that climbs its crooked branches
the scraps of sun in rays and patches
and the solitary white plastic chair
where I sip tea and forget to despair
Kim M. Russell, 17th June 2020
Magaly is here today with an inspirational prompt based on something she heard while waiting to get tested for Covid-19 which, despite the serious background, made me laugh too: “When all else fails, I look up and hope not to get a face full of pigeon shit.” I love the way it brought strangers together while observing social distancing.
Magaly has invited us to write poetry or prose where speakers or characters fill in the blank in the phrase “When all else fails, I _____”. We are not required to make the actual words/phrase part of our contribution. Our new poems or prose pieces should be about what happens right after all else fails, funny or serious.