In keeping with my “BLUE”mood, and as Creative Every Day’s BLUE-themed month draws to a close, I have one more item to share – a poem. After writing The Algae Woman, it was as if my mind cleared and the mood lifted. Writing is indeed therapeutic.
The Algae Woman
I have become the algae woman.
I’m that person out by the pond every day
As golf carts roll by and the regulars look.
I’ve become the weird one, that woman,
You know, always out in her yard.
What the heck is she doing?
I’ll tell you what she’s doing,
Besides removing algae from the pond.
She’s wondering if she’s old.
She knows she’s the algae woman and doesn’t really care.
Isn’t that a sign of getting old? Or is it just getting careless.
She goes out first thing in the morning in her nightgown
Just to see if there’s any new water lilies.
She figures if a golfer goes by, he won’t even notice it’s a nightgown.
That’s old-person thinking, but at least she’s thinking.
Or she’s careless, or just doesn’t care.
She’s noticing that everything seems like too much trouble.
Is she just old chronologically, or emotionally, or what.
Is she slowing down, or has she chosen to slow down.
There’s a big difference.
But should she care?
Plagued with questions that shouldn’t be asked,
She’s thinking, sorting, observing, saying no thank you.
She’s snipping. Cutting notices from the paper.
Tai chi, yes, she should get back to that.
Concert, yes, she wants to see that.
Drink recipes, she wants to learn umbrella drinks.
Snip snip snip.
The stack of notices sits on the table until finally,
As always, she throws them away.
Why did she cut them out anyhow?
Everything seems like too much trouble.
She stays up until midnight,
But staying out past eight sounds awful.
She doesn’t like to drive at night, but that’s nothing new.
Last year she got lost coming home after dark
On a route she’s driven hundreds of times.
It’s just a whole lot of trouble.
Is it wisdom or age? Maybe both.
Shooting for wisdom though.
It’s supposed to come with age.
This she cares about.
She thinks about this.
So that’s what she’s doing, that woman by the pond.
She’s pulling out algae.
I’m the algae woman,
But removing algae isn’t as simple as it looks.