Sunday Played Her Best

Tossing and turning isn’t so good unless you’re a pancake or a sunflower.

And even church is subject to a schedule. So with that

a change of plans was in order, because I wasn’t about to let time get away with another easy cantrip.

Foggy ears and ringing eyes, I would see twice as well, hear sounds amusing and unsung.

It took a moment or seventeen, but I first caught her tune on the whir of the washing machine.

Ah-rhum-rhum-rhum Ah-rhum-ahrum-ahrum Ah-rhum-rhum-rhum.

Vibrations danced on my bones, turning them a way I hadn’t thought of in a while but should have.

They remembered

the highlights, but had forgotten the whole story, whittled it down to something gauzy and fair, and just a little smug.

A break in the motion brought my heart up fast: Lhul-Roo-Klunk.

A tremor, a tremble, a trombone — that’s where I felt her next: in the mustache

of the man playing brass crowns, and Little Walter’s sensational cup. Play, Walter, play

and take me on a journey of blues and jazz, and all that punchy pizazz. I could never be as cool as you, but my toes don’t know that, so we won’t tell ‘em.

I smiled at them; them like children who haven’t any idea their clothes are on inside out.

And backward.

The telephone rang: R-rwaaring-R-rwaaring-R-rawaaring.

. . . . . and I really was surprised to find her there. She sang for a little while

until she finally tired of being ignored. Then she talked to that Voice, but I stopped listening after that because she had already hung up.

I couldn’t blame her.

Swish, swish, swish–plink! He stood over that club, determined as beets

to make air soar and grass stick. Air was in some mood today and rerouted his plans; to Tibet, I think.

He smiled about it.

And of all the sounds I heard, all of Sunday’s finest playing in my ear,

it was your smile, sweet dear, majestic man, that I longed most to hear.

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20 thoughts on “Sunday Played Her Best

  1. You are brilliant, Cara! I’m sure your husband is brimming over with Joy from your kind words. He is a lucky man :)

  2. I can’t even wrap my head around how amazingly talented you are, Cara. Wow! You play words like Clapton plays guitar. This is just so beautiful!

    • Oh, Jess, I am here . . . I am here and there, but not really anywhere these days. Each day I take for what it is, good or bad, and while I have intentions of sitting down to write a blogpost, I somehow seem to find other things to do with my time. Soon, though.

      I have, on another note, been enjoying your posts.
      Hope you are well, dear one.

    • My pleasure, Jonel. I haven’t had much energy to put into blogging as of late, but I still enjoy reading posts now and again. I’m doing all right . . . on the mend, I hope. Slept nearly 6 hours last night, so maybe a blogpost is in my near future!
      Hope you are doing well,

      ~ C

  3. Hi Cara,
    Great post! I enjoyed reading about all the sounds you heard that morning. It not only painted a beautiful picture in my head, but it made me feel as though I could hear the music with you. ;)

    • Elisa, you make me smile. ;-)

      I am doing all right . . . this month has been very trying, just dealing with several health-issues and their ramifications, emotionally. Every day is a little different, but slowly I believe I am starting to feel better.

      I had planned to write a post today; however, my neck has other plans for me, and is literally screaming at me for an adjustment. So off to the chiropractor I go. Maybe when I get home I’ll have a fresh burst of energy.

      So glad YOU are back. I missed your lovely posts, too!

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