Enforced Reflection

Enforced Reflection

I’m keeping my composure and compensating for
the fact that they won’t let me venture out my door.
Given lemons, I make margaritas—take the opportunity
now that I can’t wander about in the wide community,
to revel in the riches that abound right here at home,
watching Jesus painting murals all around my dome.

I’m baking lots of cookies, although their fate is sad.
After painters ate just one or two, Diego was so bad
that he raced into the kitchen and made off with all the rest.
One friend suggested delicately it might have been best.
Would I have eaten any that remained? Yes, it’s true, I might.
I must admit my waistbands are getting sort of tight.

Perhaps it’s lack of exercise. Perhaps it’s medication.
Since I so rarely don street clothes, I have no indication.
I avoid the scales because, you know, they are so changeable.
Up one day but rarely down. (Wish they were more arrangeable.)
With nature as our trainer, perhaps we will be changed
in other crazy pastimes in which we’ve become deranged.

Fracking and polluting, casting all our trash
out there in the ocean, making a god of cash.
Nature has to teach us to change our foolish ways
by sending us all to our rooms to pass our “time out” days.
And perhaps now I’m sequestered and set upon the shelf,
Diego’s her reminder to take care of myself.

The image of Diego with a cookie in his mouth is from a retablo/art collage I’m making that is recording my time spent in Mother Nature’s Time-Out period. Why don’t you join me? Mine was finished but then I have to keep adding to it. At least a story a day. Diego was that day’s.

Prompts for the day are composure, compensate, opportunity, revel and trainer.
And, for dVerse Poets Pub prompt: Solitude.

23 thoughts on “Enforced Reflection

  1. slmret

    It is certainly a time for inward reflection! A time, too, to admire the cleansing of nature when we are not out and about to cause disruption. It will be hot here today — perhaps time for a nap!

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Janet, I just made your banana bread. It is delicious, but only 1/2 inch high. Is that usual? I sifted the flour and baking powder.. was I supposed to? I’m wondering if I should have used a 9X9 inch or 8X8 inch pan rather than the 9X13 inch they said to use. What say ye?

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      1. slmret

        This was my first time with that recipe — I’m doing lots of experimenting these days. I wondered about that too! Looking at the picture that was with the recipe, I believe that is how it was supposed to come out — sort of like a slice of banana bread, but lighter in texture. It was nice and cakey,, though I think just a little longer (maybe another minute or two) in the oven might have helped. I think doing it twice over with some icing between might look more normal, but it did taste good. I looked at ingredients, and both the flour and the baking powder were fresh, though the egg was large, which might have given it a little more liquid than it wanted. Sounds like it came out just like mine!

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        1. lifelessons Post author

          It’s very good. Almost too many chocoalte chips, though, and I’ll add walnuts next time..I’m going to try to bake it in a 9X9 pan, though. My bananas were tiny ones and nearly black from being frozen but the flavor was delicious..so will uset them in the next batch as well. Certainly is easier than baking cookies..too many batches. And Diego hasn’t eated the cake. Yet.

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          1. slmret

            Yes — I think I used about half the chocolate chips, as my supply is limited, and I want to make more cookies soon! A square pan sounds good — I used mashed/frozen bananas that were overripe before I mashed them — I think that added to the flavor too! I’m glad Diego has left it for you — maybe the bananas turned him off?

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      2. SAM VOELKER

        So funny, I bought a Betty Crocker box cake in Panama and gave it to my maid who I called Nomey. She came by that name because of what she always said about my desired American food, “no me gusta”. So I gave that box to her and explained how to fix it for my birthday…..Well did you know that you can actually bake a cake that looks like a pancake~? Well at least that was one birthday I remember~!

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        1. slmret

          I believe this recipe was supposed to be for a rather thin cake — we both followed the same recipe, and came out with the same result! Another time I might make 2 and make a layer cake out of it!

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  2. msjadeli

    Judy, I love this poem. The idea God sent us to our room. I wasn’t sure if Diego meant something in Spanish, and it doesn’t necessarily; but the Spanish word origin is “supplanter.” When I think of Covid-19 as the supplanter, with our cookies in its mouth, It seems perfectly appropot!

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I think poetry often means more than its creator even realizes, Jade. Diego is his name.. after Diego Rivera..and Jesus really is the name of my artist friend who is painting murals on my wall–but guess you can’t avoid the extended meaning. Thanks for caring enough to investigate! xoxo

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  3. kim881

    I love the optimism in ‘Given lemons, I make margaritas’, Judy! I also love that your ‘revel in the riches that abound right here at home’, and Diego got the best cookie. Yes, Nature has banned us to our rooms until we’ve learnt our lesson!

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  4. Marion Couvillion

    Some good may have come out of my disappointing look at Elizabeth Silance Ballard. It pulled a thought out of me. I hope that I did it justice. When I see the devout followers of Trump I am reminded of the “votary to Priapus” referred to by King George. How can they profess one thing while doing another. Sorry but my upbringing just put a lot of confusion in me, and the end result is reverse from what I was bring taught.

    *So on yet another sleepless night this is what popped ou t*.

    SAM

    On Wed, May 6, 2020 at 10:16 AM lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown wrote:

    > lifelessons posted: ” Enforced Reflection I’m keeping my composure and > compensating for the fact that they won’t let me venture out my door. Given > lemons, I make margaritas—take the opportunity now that I can’t wander > about in the wide community, to revel in the riches ” >

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