Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sunday Scribblings: Antidote

long day at work today hardly came up for a breath
trying to keep up with all the moving pieces
putting out fires better than a fireman
reading through the proofs one last time
finding yet another mistake
another crisis brewing in an email
yet another person wants their copy rewritten
wants to use a new image
someone else worried we've let the delivery date slip
begging, pleading with designer, printer to help me, help us
scramble to keep up with my inbox
placing phonecalls to follow up on a loose thread
mad dash of production before we hit the presses
today gave me a headache, a jaw-ache, neck and back so tense
I am a jumpy ball of caffeinated nerves
funny
I never had a coffee

shut down the laptop
drag tired heels outside
turn the key in the ignition
mind still whirling reeling tumbling
green and orange bars of MacDonald Bridge flip flip flip by car windows
thrum of tires on tarmac over ebony water
BlackBerry message light blinking blinking blinking
buzz buzz of yet another email
barely notice how I made it across to Halifax

drag tired heels through your door
jacket, bag, everything feels so heavy
wait for you to shut things down

you hug me to your chest
plant a kiss in my hair
I can tell by the way your shoulders droop
the tilt of your head
you've had a long day too

but

in a moment, you have me chuckling
smiling
at a silly joke you just said
I make some witty rejoinder
suddenly we're both laughing

you're my perfect antidote to a long day

~ Ceebie

14 comments:

jaerose said...

Phew! I am glad there was a chest to lean on at the end of that day..perfect antidote..Jae

Wendy said...

Awww! I've often wondered what makes entering into the rat race something so many of us do. Sure it pays the bills, allows us to play, but it's just so damn stressful. I'm coming to realize that, for most, the only thing that makes it worthwhile is knowing there's something MORE valuable waiting on the other side of the work day.

Laura said...

Beautiful. I think sometimes we all forget another's deadlines, crises, other work etc. when we ask for something simple or make a complaint. I'm glad this day had a happy ending though.

thelittlewriterthatcould said...

This is just the antidote I'd want - and you described it so well. What a great lead up to that moment of release. Such a heartwarming ending.

oldegg said...

I love the speed and intensity of this piece. You got through all the daily crap because you knew there was your relaxant waiting for, as you were there for him. Really fine piece of writing.

flaubert said...

What a lovely poem and it is so nice to meet your mate at the end of a long day.
Pamela

Rinkly Rimes said...

What beautiful sentiments! And I loved how the pace of your words echoed the frenzy of your day.

Tracey said...

Wow! what a short love story. I was so busy relating to feeling like that (LOL!) that the ending was a sweet touch. Beautiful :-)

Understanding Alice said...

hey i really liked this - you really draw the reader in and what a beautiful home coming :)

Ceebie said...

Thanks everyone for your kind words! :)

gautami tripathy said...

Your poem sucks us in!

fallen

Linda May said...

I enjoyed this. Everybody should have an antidote like this.

Ceebie said...

Thanks, Linda May and gautami tripathy. Glad my poem struck some positive chords with all of you! I am lucky to have such a perfect antidote to come home to :)

Jingle Poetry said...

divine antidote.
thanks for sharing it in poetic form.