Counting my blessings after a restless night. Marinating fish with bay leaves, finishing a quinoa salad with Mediterranean flavors for our lunch outdoors in Orinda before an afternoon of Shakespeare. Loving the picture of exotic coffee (mine just in my Quebec mug with its chipped lip) and the way Mary Oliver expresses gratitude.
Salt shining behind its glass cylinder.
Milk in a blue bowl. The yellow linoleum.
The cat stretching her black body from the pillow.
The way she makes her curvaceous response to the small, kind gesture.
Then laps the bowl clean.
Then wants to go out into the world
where she leaps lightly and for no apparent reason across the lawn,
then sits, perfectly still, in the grass.
I watch her a little while, thinking:
what more could I do with wild words?
I stand in the cold kitchen, bowing down to her.
I stand in the cold kitchen, everything wonderful around me.
image: Yehuda Edri Collection