wear a hat

30 Aug



Vacant minds across the kitchen table

Leaning on their elbows of time,

Understanding they are at the end of their lives,

Never thinking that there was space

Beyond what they have lived;

Life, was a distance passed in glorious moments.


“I’ll walk the dog. Put on your pajamas

And heat the water for tea.

I’ll peel you an orange when I get back.

Is it cold outside?”

“Yes, wear a hat.”

[Rev. 6]


Posted by on August 30, 2015 in AARP, Beginnings, Love, Poetry, Zen


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24 responses to “wear a hat

  1. Locomente

    September 4, 2015 at 4:46 am

    You have portrayed the face of life through your words


  2. Loredana Donovan

    September 1, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Such an ordinary moment ~ yet it shows love and care for each other ~ the type of closeness that is achieved through time well spent together 🙂


  3. glmeisner

    September 1, 2015 at 9:09 am

    The love in this between the two is very real.


  4. Torie

    August 31, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    ‘Leaning on their elbows of time’. I like that image. It reminds me of growing up around my great grandparent’s house and watching the adults sit around the kitchen table and chat. Thanks for the memories today 🙂


  5. Jamztoma

    August 31, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    I really enjoyed this. thank you very much. oranges are delicious and tea is simple and sweet. oh! and about my Enquirer, it’s actually Examiner. lol i know,


  6. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder

    August 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    leaning on their elbows of time…that’s wonderful.. 🙂


  7. kaykuala h

    August 31, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Life, was a distance passed in glorious moments.

    Love this singular stress of what life has to offer. The way life progresses might be too fleeting and too fast to savor the goodness. But still it is really up to the individual to make adjustments. Great lines ZQ!



  8. Jae Rose

    August 31, 2015 at 8:54 am

    I love the sense of comfort in this – and of course the elbows of time!


  9. totomai

    August 31, 2015 at 5:31 am

    still enjoyinh the time of being alive. each moment is special especially if are surrounded by your most favorite people


  10. gailatthefarm

    August 30, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    You write it and I say, wow, I wish I could write like that. Love the opening lines and I know the comfort time together brings.

    Thanks for coming by to visit.


  11. Grace

    August 30, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    I specially like the opening lines:

    Vacant minds across the kitchen table

    Leaning on their elbows of time


  12. thotpurge

    August 30, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Elbows of time… beautifully said.


  13. Mary

    August 30, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    I feel as if I have just experienced a slice of real life. So well written, ZQ.


  14. humbird

    August 30, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Feels like really loving relationships…touching dialog…’elbows of time’ – my fave. metaphor. We all create only our space, inhabit it with people and things, live there and wondering about so different others….Love the poem.


  15. Donna@Living From Happiness

    August 30, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    The kind of moment we all may have witnessed or may have in the future….I adored this and especially, ‘Life, was a distance passed in glorious moments.’ Beautiful!


  16. Nataša Dolenc

    August 30, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    there’s still love and care in what we do.. sweet.


  17. Sanaa Rizvi

    August 30, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    A profound read 🙂


  18. dabrnone

    August 30, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Well the above comment was supposed to read ” brought tears to my eyes”. Not certain what occurred with the delivery!


  19. dabrnone

    August 30, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Brought tears to my e especially.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Sherry Blue Sky

    August 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I can SEE them, “leaning on their elbows of time”…….so sweet, the conversation: “Put on your pajamas. I’ll peel you an orange when I come back.” The joys of such intimate companionship ring through this lovely poem.


  21. Kay Salady

    August 30, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Love it! I’d like an orange and a cup of tea myself. Never stop “building castles in the air”. You’re never too old to dream.


  22. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    August 30, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Life has a tendency to transform itself to the ordinary and mundane.. if we could just keep a little more of passion burning. Yet we do care.. and there is a blessing in that.


  23. moondustwriter

    August 30, 2015 at 11:31 am

    we always wish we could live beyond the parameters of life don’t we?


  24. gillena

    August 30, 2015 at 10:39 am

    “Never thinking that there was space

    Beyond what they have lived;”

    yes for sure we live life and then leave life to its living

    have a lovely Sunday

    much love…



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