Friday, June 09, 2006

Woof

This piece of doggerel began forming in my mind as we headed into week two of steady rain, fog and cold with - according to saddistic weather experts - little relief in sight. Here in Nova Scotia, complaining about weather is nearly an art form because we get so much practice. For example:

Wearing a facial expression that suggests imminent suicide, “Nice weather, huh?”

“Have you heard the forecast? They’re saying the whole summer is going to be like this. The doors in my place haven’t shut properly for a month.”

“I know. And the sheets feel damp when you get into bed. The laundry never dries. And my allergies.”

“Oh. It’s a bad allergy season. And there’s that flu going around…”

“My cousin had that flu. He’s in Intensive Care now….”

"Have you heard we have those ticks now? The ones that cause Lime's Disease?"

My train of thought goes from Bloody Stupid Weather to Bloody Stupid Glove Pattern (and how to solve my design problems). I think, when I get this part done, I’ll be much less stressed…

My apologies for the following. But a little chant started in my Monkey Mind after that and I ended up laughing at how stupidly our brains function…

My brain…How stupidly my brain functions. I’ll accord the rest of you more credit.


if i had a better job
or could sell this house
or
if i could live in another…

if i could trust that certain friend
or find a perfect lover…

if the sun would shine
if the rain would finally come
if the lilacs would bloom
if it would only
snow…

if my nose was smaller
or i were just a little taller
or could stick to a diet…

if the mail would come on time
or my the neighbors would
keep quiet…

if the prices weren’t so high
the distance not so great
the hour not so late…

if i were just more clever
if i worked out more
and changed my hair,
if my eyes were green
instead of blue…

if i could take back
my mistakes
and
the wrong i did to you…

if i was smarter,
wiser,
thinner,
richer,
younger,
kinder,
more a saint
and less a sinner…

i would be happy
then.

11 comments:

Leazwell said...

...if not happy, then more content.

Mary said...

Yup. Very nice, LJ. :-)

LJ said...

Dear L...
Pema Chodron said we could stand at the head of the Gulf of St. Lawrence - and let the vastness fill us with peace. Two minutes later, we'd be starting to fuss over all the stupid stuff again. I figure happiness is something inside, but I still constantly fall into the trap of thinking "if only this or that were different..."

Hello M!

Leazwell said...

I know, I know! Me too.

Koru's Daughter said...

Your blog is always a great read.

Koru's Daughter said...

P.S. I tried all the "If onlys" and none of those changes work - dammit.

LJ said...

I could add to that list,KD! For your entertainment. You'd be scrolling until your wrist broke! God. We're such weird
creatures, huh?
Leazwell...maybe we should all submit a list of "ifs" - and then swear off!

zhoen said...

Hard to FEEL happy when everything is painful, confusing and exhausting. Just know you are happy anyway. A small giggle helps.

chuck said...

IF I WERE YOU...
AND YOU WERE I...
THEN "THE GRASS IS GREENER..."
COULD REALLY FLY...

LJ said...

I hope, Zhoen, that the debris has settled and a small giggle is headed your way, too. Naw. I don't have to hope. You have D. And yourself.

LJ said...

Why, hello Chuck! Very nice answer.