Brian Doyle’s prose poem got me thinking and sparked some interesting flights of fancy.
IF YOU COULD DO ANYTHING ELSE, WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE? by Brian Doyle Given another interest, or absorption, in life, asks a student In the high school, what is it you would choose? And don't Think about it -- just blurt out whatever leaps to your mouth. Otter observer! I say, and perhaps half the students laugh, But the others look puzzled. Bear expert! Bassoon maestro! Cartoonist! Trumpeter in a ska band playing the early stuff! Professional badger herder! The guy who brings radio back As the coolest media ever! Editor of a magazine about jays! He who banishes despair with a touch of his left forefinger! He who miraculously hears yes again every afternoon when He sends his request to be married through the holy ether to One woman in particular! And there I pause, just as startled As the kids at what has jumped out, and then, unforgettably, A few kids start to applaud, and then a few more. Afterward One shy girl says to me I sure hope I meet a boy who thinks Like that about the woman he thinks about, and I said I hope So too and he thinks about you, and we shook hands and she Slipped away, and the next kid says to me, sir, really, otters? ~ from How the Light Gets In: And Other Epiphanies (Orbis, 2019).
What would I choose?
These popped into my head:
Noodle inspector! Star polisher! 18th century innkeeper! Chocolate taster! Can-can girl! Mustache twirler! She who inspires everyone to tap dance!
Then I spent a little more time thinking about what I yearned to do at different times in my life:
set designer (TV or films) interior decorator bakery owner or pastry chef museum curator restaurateur antiquarian
Which led me to remember a book I’ve always loved: Caretakers of Wonder by Cooper Edens (Green Tiger Press, 1980).
Yes, this is definitely what I would choose: to be a Caretaker of Wonder, someone who works to keep the world magical. Someone who paints feathers on birds and designs on the wings of butterflies. Someone who collects yesterday’s raindrops, mends old clouds, and delivers newly stuffed ones.
And then . . . AHA! I realized writers and poets have been caretakers of wonder all along. They’re committed to working quietly behind the scenes, showing us what is true, opening our hearts, reminding us of what is possible, perpetuating beauty, singing the human song.
Thank you, Brian Doyle, for yet another epiphany. 🙂
Enjoy this lovely reading of Edens’s book:
If you could do anything else, what would you choose?
♥️ GIVEAWAY WINNERS! 🎃
Today we’re happy to announce the winners of three recent giveaways. It was no small feat picking them, since we had to triple bribe Monsieur Random Integer Generator . . . after we tracked him down, of course.
Our dashing, debonair, erudite friend, a master of elusiveness, almost slipped completely under the radar. Leave it up to the ever clever Mr Cornelius, who baited him with the aroma of one hundred freshly baked apple pies. Unable to resist, M. Generator beamed himself in from Loch Lomond, where he had been
guzzling throwing back thoughtfully sipping wee drams with Sam Heughan.
One would assume all those apple pies would sate a gourmand’s appetite, yet M. Generator required more. We offered him 545 cream flans, 232 pumpkin spice lattes, 31 loaves of cinnamon chip bread, and an adorable miniature watermelon. He polished everything off in minutes, then expressed sincere regrets that he could not declare everyone a winner.
Alas and alack, he finally reached into the depths of his psyche to produce three names.
🥁 **drum roll please**🥁
The winner of ABUELITA AND I MAKE FLAN is Linda Ham. 😍
The winner of ON A GOLD-BLOOMING DAY is Joanne Conte. 😮
The winner of the ALPHABET SOUP BUNDLE OF JOY is Jane Dyer. 🐑
🎉 Congratulations, Linda, Joanne, and Jane!!! 🎉
Big thanks to everyone who entered. We’ll announce the winner of Annette Dauphin Simon’s SPINE POEMS next week. 🙂
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