So, my plan to catch up on blogging and get back to a weekly routine didn’t quite work. It came apart, it seems, like shattered glass, each broken piece echoing its demise. Every time I sat down determined to focus, something else came up — an urgent idea for a story, someone needing something, the preoccupation with our remodeled kitchen that still needs finishing touches.
On and on it goes.
Life is a series of distractions, including a news cycle I tend to get sucked into more than necessary. So, I keep falling behind. Sometimes, irreparably so. Keep getting sidetracked. Diverted. And by the end of the day, overwhelmed.
Our weather in Los Angeles doesn’t help the mind quiet down either. There is a storm somewhere off the coast of Baja, California, that seems to have a measurable impact on mood and focus. Or maybe it’s just me. Maybe I really need to consider deep meditation. Stay indoors and meditate all day. Now that sounds appealing.
So, today, I pushed everything aside with a stubbornness that shocked the mind into compliance, and came here to chat … because darn it, it helps. You know what else helps focus the mind? Poetry of the calming sort. Nothing heavy, or thought-provoking, just soothing verse I found and thought I’d share. Verse celebrating the last few days of summer.
So, tell me, does art, in any shape or form, help you focus?
Beauty of Summer
By Nette OnClaud
A fleck of wheat along the bay / A quiver in the grass,
While daybreak shifts and ripples while / It mirrors clouds that pass.
Warm breezes drift among the trees / So calming to my ear
And only wistful eyes can seize / This dreamy atmosphere.
Then stars lend glitter to the night / To beam upon the dew,
Which reaches every tree with charm / As beauty thrills anew.