Sunday, April 15, 2012

15 of 30: The Chase

Georgia Heard, in Writing Toward Home, tells us her friend Marie has her students "write ten observations a day.  Without commentary.  These observations become touchstones for much of their writing later on."  My poor husband had to find a place to pull over Saturday on a busy road with rain pouring from the skies after we noticed an egret wading in the water with a blue heron.  I was fascinated.  I tried to get a picture but I suppose I was a little too loud for their liking as they raced to the other side of the pond.  

The Chase
I stopped the car today
Because I saw you
Wading near the pond's edge
As the rain poured down.

You were there
With your friend
The great blue heron
Who was wading also.

I was surprised to see you
But even more surprised
To see you with the heron
Who seems to prefer solitude.

Oh, great egret
I couldn't help but wonder
What brought the two of you together
Two friends hunting in the rain.

© Cathy L. Mere, 2012


  1. You have a very patient husband, but I also love how you notice so much that is going on around you that you knew to ask him to stop. The picture is great even if they flew away from you. My favorite phrase here is "great egret" -- those two words sound so wonderful together.

  2. Nice to notice things along the way, & what a wonderful thing to see! Those herons are supposed to bring luck when you see them, I've heard-the start of a good week! Thanks Cathy.

  3. I can't wait until my-husband-the-bird-lover wakes up and reads this. "Two friends hunting in the rain" is the greatest line! I love that you observed this and wrote it down so now we can see it too. I will be trying that observation recommendation as well.... a.

  4. What a special moment you've captured.

    Who seems to prefer solitude~ my favorite line, surprisingly.


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