THE PERFECT DAY
by Alice N. Persons
You wake with
in the arms
of your beloved
to the smell of fresh coffee
you eat a giant breakfast
with no thought
there is time to read
with a purring cat on your lap
later you walk by the ocean
with your dog
on this cut crystal day
your favorite music and the sun
fill the house
a short delicious nap
under a fleece throw
and the phone doesn’t ring
at dusk you roast a chicken,
bake bread, make an exquisite
for some friends
you’ve been missing
someone brings you an
and the wine is just right with the food
after a wonderful party
you sink into sleep
in a clean nightgown
in fresh sheets
your sweetheart doesn’t snore
and in your dreams
an old piece of sadness lifts away
This poem, in praise of creature comforts and simple pleasures, pretty much says it all.
No matter who we are, where we live, what we do — what we crave most as human beings comes down to the basics: to love and be loved, a good meal, the leisure to read, walk, or rest (with no phones ringing!), cooking for dear friends, restorative sleep. And if we’re lucky, a reprieve from sadness.
When asked to describe our perfect day, we might be tempted to indulge in fantasy: a morning touring the best pâtisseries in Paris, lunch with Shakespeare, E.E. Cummings, Louisa May Alcott and Jane Austen, afternoon tea with Paul McCartney and the Queen, dinner with Colin Firth (Italian food, of course), and a l-o-n-g stay-up-all-night conversation with Bob Dylan about songwriting, painting, and making meatballs.
It’s fun to dream. But my actual perfect day would be much simpler: a sunny spring day with no allergies or bugs, reading a good book while sipping cups of tea in my favorite chair, writing at my desk (no ringing phones!), listening to music, watching a favorite film set in England, receiving a surprise snail mail letter.
I have had days like these, and don’t take any of them for granted.
Back in 2012 I discovered and posted my first Alice N. Persons poem. You may remember it: “Why I Have a Crush on You, UPS Man.” This was a “love at first read” poem that resonated with and amused me to no end. What fun to rhapsodize about my “team” of delivery men dressed in those cute brown shorts, bringing me precisely what I wanted every. single. time.
I have just ordered two of Alice’s chapbooks and can’t wait to spend a couple of ‘perfect days’ savoring them. As if writing such fabulous poetry isn’t enough, Alice (as some of you probably know), is the editor and publisher of Moon Pie Press, a small press based in Maine that since 2003 has published close to 100 poetry books by poets from all over the U.S.
About a year after I shared the UPS Man poem, Alice found the post and left this perfect comment:
Wow, just found this thread – thanks so much for all the kind comments about my poem ! I am too embarrassed to show it to either of my (cute) UPS men…
How would you describe your perfect day? 🙂
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