Ordinary Days


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An Anything-but-Ordinary Day

At last the skies have opened
pouring rain upon the thirsty earth.
Desert sands, parched and waiting
oh so long(ing) tremble

And it’s another ordinary day.

trembling planet full of fear
lies shivering beneath the threat
of such extremist hatred, waits
for peace to soothe her wretched want

And it’s another ordinary day.

Surprise! This morning nature sent
a flock of wood ducks to our pond
mingling with their mallard hosts,
white heads bobbing up and down as one.

And it’s another ordinary day.

I shy these days from news,
from such contentious falderal.
See how they mingle on the lake—
these ducks—ignore details that divide.

And it’s another ordinary day.

You turn to me, desire in your eyes,
that smile that thrilled me many years ago.
I take your offered hand in mine again,
remembering those words–and still I do.

So, thank you for this ordinary day.

I hosting today at dVerse with a prompt for poetry that uses repetition. Hope you will join me.

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26 thoughts on “Ordinary Days

  1. Angela says:

    There’s extraordinary in the ordinary. I think when we plant our seeds ordinarily, in the ordinary, extraordinary things can happen. The kind that makes a lasting impact.

    Angela Kay (Kay)

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  2. Bryan Ens says:

    Ah the joy of the ordinary. ..at least If you avoid that nasty news 🙂

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  3. Imelda says:

    Your poem is lovely and has a gentle and soothing tone to it. Sometimes I complain about the routine, but when I really think about it, the ordinary rhythm of life is beautiful and comforting.

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  4. Ahh…ordinary days are a treasure, as you have so satisfyingly writ.

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  5. kanzensakura says:

    Brava! You have set the standard for praising ordinary days, which are always the best. My heartfelt congratulations to you and your husband. Wow. This day is so gentle and lovely, I would love to lie down in the middle of it and nap while looking up at a blue sky full of white clouds and birds.

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  6. Victoria, you have touched the magic of the ordinary. Again.Cheers!

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  7. ladynyo says:

    This is so lovely, Victoria…and makes me appreciate these ‘ordinary’ days even more. Each day becomes an extraordinary day as life proceeds. Lovely, lovely gentle reminder in your poem.

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  8. LadyInRead says:

    ordinary days do have something special too, and you have portrayed that so beautifully.. and a happy anniversary to you…thanks for your comments on my post (will surely hang out more often at the pub)

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  9. Sue says:

    Love the gentle rhythm to this, Victoria, and a peek int your ordinary day…

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  10. What a lovely way to praise the ordinary… the magic in a hand or in the duck in a pond… maybe you have shown a way to go forward days like these.

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  11. Happy anniversary Victoria, I love how you look for special moments in every ‘ordinary’ day and turn your gaze to the extraordinary xxx

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  12. Happy Not So Ordinary Day and a well written observational piece on how actually, it is all really ordinary in the end.

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  13. sanaarizvi says:

    Oh this is soo lovely!!❤️ Happy Wedding Anniversary, Victoria 😀

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  15. kim881 says:

    This poem is stunning, Victoria! I love the way you have amended the repeat line at the end to make a strong statement. I also love the peek into your ordinary day in the wonderful stanza:
    ‘Surprise! This morning nature sent
    a flock of wood ducks to our pond
    mingling with their mallard hosts,
    white heads bobbing up and down as one.’
    and you remind us of love and romance and that ‘ordinary’ is familiar, comforting and a time and place for discovering the ‘extraordinary’.

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  16. Raivenne says:

    I do love how you’ve lain this anything but ordinary day before us. Wonderfully done. Here’s to many more ordinary days.

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  17. Got a little lump in my throat, allbest for the next 26

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  18. Candy says:

    There is so much hope packed in this and a reminder to be thankful for our ‘ordinary days’

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  19. Waltermarks says:

    That’s a real love story, holding together in these kind of days

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  20. whimsygizmo says:

    Oh, Victoria. I have always said I like ordinary days best. I LOVE this. Such a gentle lull here, a much-needed quiet place in a noisy world.

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  21. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Your poem as lovely & gentle as you are, smooth as swan’s down. You morph the events of the day with the joy of your anniversary–and leave us smiling & bobbing our heads like the wood ducks. My wife I are in our in our 24th year of wedded bliss (third marriage for both of us). Our seven grandchildren remind us that we are doing something right.

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