Monday, April 19, 2010

Talking Art: The Perfect Day

By Judith A. Ross for Talking Writing

Yesterday afternoon while out walking with friends I watched a full, shimmering rainbow arc across the sky. After that I stood and admired a great blue heron in full breeding plumage standing in the water just a few yards away.

We finished our outing at my house, drinking coffee and eating a cake I had made the day before. The adults laughed, the children played. It felt like the perfect finale to a lovely afternoon.

But there are as many perfect endings as there are people. For example, the above photo, taken in Venice by Cambridge photographer Akos Szilvasi, shows one possible way to cap off a perfect day. Or one could opt for a more peaceful close as does Alice N. Persons in her poem, “The Perfect Day,” which concludes this way:

after a wonderful party
you sink into sleep
in a clean nightgown
in fresh sheets
your sweetheart doesn't snore
and in your dreams
and old piece of sadness
lifts away

Reader, please tell us: What is your recipe for a perfect day?

1 comment:

  1. This is so beautiful, Judith, especially because I shared in your perfect day. For me, there are many recipes, but they probably all involve some form of quotidian transcendence--and the momentary lifting of sadness.


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