she enters backward…
much like a hermit crab entrances
a vacant shell encumbered…though
she not with balance angling claws
instead, she drags luggage through the door,
opens window sashes to wash sea brine air
and distant breaker thrash into quiet rooms
of her one week hideaway
eases by degree from the tangled tiny things
of her city life into linear big thing simple of a
sea horizon…and shelves stocked with olives,
coffee…bread…a tin of biscuits…apples…cheese
while at night the bareness of unpainted walls
soothes her to uncluttered drifting dreams,
and day’s cool warm cool ritual comes unseamed
for her knowing when to wake and stretch and
walk the beach, eat and sleep
she hums a descant to wind chimes
answering a breeze,
and strokes the yellow cat
slumming on her porch,
and ventures with Homer and Odysseus
away from…home to Ithaca
until primed…renewed with wanderlust
she closes windows, gathers encumbrances
exits backward from the growing space
Artwork by Andrew Wyeth
“Her Room” (detail) 1963
16 thoughts on “much like a hermit crab”
Thought you’d like the Homer reference, Ward.
And much else besides; you help me to remember how the world actually works for people; there is such a there-and-back-again journey here, so well expressed, so skilfully compressed.
Your words are meaningful and helpful to me, as always. Smiles.
I always enjoy reading and listening to your words. Really loved the image in, “hums a descant to wind chimes”
And I enjoy hearing from you, Andrew. Thank you for being line specific. Smiles.
Descriptively nice. Hope my mentor is doing great.
Grateful thanks, Cecilia. I am well. Smiles.
Very lovely. I guess that’s why they call it a retreat!
Thank you very much…and yes…for they are necessary. Smiles.
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Grateful thank you, kind reader.
What a stunningly original metaphor. Wow, in delight!
Private retreats are important in my life, John, so I enjoyed writing about such occasions…although…thinking…most poems I write are getaways for me of
a sort. Smiles and thank you.
Honestly, beautiful! Thank you!
I’m very grateful, John. Very. Thank you.