collateral beauty

collateral beauty

note to self

I look for it everywhere
only way to stay sane
today, it’s apricot aloe vera
the pompous blooms
dot our garden
my friend the squirrel
sleek and springtime fat
keeps me company
dances on the fence
while I write
jasmine! saturating the air
eager children on tiptoe
search books in the
little free library my
husband built
it matches our home
what a playful surprise
it takes daily tending
remove extra books
sometimes it’s stuffed to
fill empty slots
the neatening grounds me
in collateral beauty
delight erupts
take note
drink it in
let it nourish you


thank you Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer for the title

2022 ©Amrita Skye Blaine
I’m writing a poem a day. These are drafts—they may never turn into anything more or they might flower.

4 thoughts on “collateral beauty

  1. Margaret Rooney

    Skye, I have been commenting all along..well ever since I found out about your blog..But, cyber-challenged, I just now saw the “post comment” marker.
    I want you to know I’ve been following faithfully and joyfully and loving your poems. Hugs.


  2. Margaret Rooney the pompous blooms, your friend the squirrel springtime fat, the children choosing books, the collateral beauty (I saw that movie!!) You have let it nourish you and oh how wonderfully you share!!!


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