Monday, August 22, 2016

Elegy for Sunday Drivers

Sunday morning is all hurry now, too, like the rest.  All zip and zoom, the need to be someplace you're not, doing whatever you aren't.

What of the mild meanderers who set out with a folded map and thermos of coffee in a bright Guatemalan bag to find a walled garden or Benedictine abbey down a one-lane road, stopping to feed a winesap apple to a dappled gray in dappled shade, or visit an antique shop on the way, or out of it, and rub the bottoms of the copper kettles full of history and time with a gentle shirt-tail, admiring the verdigris—where have they gone?

And those slowed by a flow of sheep, an unnamed monastery open to the sky with broken stairs that lead no further than a fig tree?

Those who photograph sand bars when the tide is far out, and a blue fishing float, a steady track of small bare feet?  

The unhurried pair of sisters with the Cairn Terrier named Poo Bah?

The retired geologist who ambled off to have lunch out in Chimayo, where bees hummed at the honey bear intended for the sopapillas?  Who left the car in the shade afterwards and walked to watch the weavers and consider a handwoven blanket colored by dyes obtained from flowers, leaves, or insects, but ended leaving the purchase for another time?  What of the group I thought I recognized, having martinis in real glasses on the Pecos River later in the afternoon, slicing green chile bagels to eat with good country pâté?

Another SUV roars past, not looking back, and I pull off on the quiet side road, tired of rush and its oblivion.

image:  Dappled Grey

Katholiko or Gouverneto Monastery, Crete
Sandbars, Provincetown (Christie B. Cochrell)


  1. I'm with you, Christie---I'm a meanderer, a person who walks in loops and zig zags responding to what I see. I love your photo of the white horse coming through all that green.

  2. Thanks, Deborah—I think there are too few of us!