Saturday, June 30, 2007

Small Rewards

I sweat dream-drops
into the diamond-tipped dust
of callused hands and concrete alteration.

The sun burned passion into my thirst
causing me to strike the cask of orange stone
many times without speaking a word.

I may not cross the waters into Canaan,
march around Jericho and topple walls, but
the job is done, and I can sleep in, in the morning.

19 comments:

Janice Thomson said...

You have arrived back with much aplomb Pat...minus the dirt and sweat I hope LOL. As usual your imagery is excellent - another job well done!

floots said...

sleep tight
hang loose :)

polona said...

sounds like a job well done.
so is this poem!

trinitystar said...

sounds like a job well done. Sleep and dream.

Katie McKenna said...

You always write so lovely!

Good to see you back!

Don Iannone said...

It always feels good to complete something. Your reward: all the beers you cann drink between now and Sunday pm.

lainey said...

you've captured what it feels like to put yourself into a job and complete it with satisfaction. Nicely done Pat. Glad you are home. Hope you were able to sleep in... such a sinful luxury. You deserve it.

Rethabile said...

That not really small, that's it for me, big, what I look for everyday: a satisfying activity and a well deserved rest. I like the light tone of your poem.

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

nothing like resting after a hard day of work. :)

gel(emerald eyes) said...

Love that first line, Pat.
Vibrant images.
(I noticed long before now you're profession in your profile.)

gautami tripathy said...

Glad to see you back with a bang!

Hope you slept tight!

sage said...

Just a guess, you must of been down on the Gulf Coast or in NOLA working in that heat and humidity.

Crossing Canaan, tumbling the walls of Jericho, nice lines. Enjoy a cool one.

jel said...

back with a shout :)


oh and thanks for the comment !

dsnake1 said...

good job, this poem! :)

Masago said...

A great Saturday morning chant!

NINANINA said...

as long as the job is done and you are happy:) NINA.
getting my 'puter back soon

C said...

Sounds like hard work to me.

tongue in cheek said...

Now that the job is done
let's have a glass of wine!

Rax said...

this made my day. truly inspirational yet not over-reaching. small triumphs should be appreciated much more than the big ones, for they are the building blocks for it. thank you for sharing. as usual, exquisite imagery and flow.