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I am Sandra - faithful steward. listener. shepherd. dream believer. hard worker. collects brass bells, boots. Jesus follower. contented. star gazer. homemaker. farmer. prayer warrior. country woman. reader. traveler. writer. homebody. living life large.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Time is Fleeting...Wear Purple Now!

Time is Fleeting - Wear Purple Now!

"Time is fleeting and I'm not waiting to wear purple
Or red or kiwi or orange or magenta or any other color

I'll spend my time sitting under the sunflowers while the mares snuffle my hair and kittens play in my lap

Today I'll take my knitting to the pasture and chance a wet bottom when I sit on the ground
Samuel and Carly will nuzzle my pockets for treats of corn while the other sheep bleat at their boldness

My needles will lie quietly as I watch birds float on unseen columns of wind
The barn swallows and goldfinches and robins and even the buzzards will bring me joy on their outstretched wings

Tonight at midnight, the dogs and I will walk in the pasture
I'll whisper secrets to the horses and sheep
I'll look for falling stars and the big and little dipper and will nail Orion's belt with the north star

I'll drink good wine and strong beer and sweet water
I'll eat chocolate for breakfast and pastry for lunch
mix cream in my flavored coffee and turn up my nose at powdered milk and ill mannered people

Tomorrow I'll give compliments to perfect strangers and speak to people on the street just to watch their reactions as I grin at my silly self

I've worn hats for over thirty years and see no need to stop
I'll not waste happiness on tomorrow but spend it willy nilly today
Time is fleeting and I'm wearing purple now"

Sandra Bennett, copyright 2004


  1. I just went out and bought myself two purple skirts, just on your say-so! I already have plenty of hats so I'm prepared for any eventuality. Bring on the chocolate!

    (Can you tell I REALLY love the poem?)

  2. Life is as beautiful as we'll make it; glad you've caught the spirit of wearing purple NOW! Would you consider some peanut butter fudge in lieu of the chocolate?

  3. What beautiful thoughts. I wear purple a lot already. I'm not waiting either. :) Your farm sounds lovely.

  4. Chocolate is a breakfast staple for me. Should be for everybody. I read your profile. Jan Karon is great. One of my favourites too! Even if Father Tim is diabetic and doesn't get to eat a lot of sweets.

  5. I am not kidding you! We are really kindred spirits! Here I find you writing wonderful poetry that reminds me of the flavor of my own. Blogs are amazing things to get to know people, I have to apologize that mine is not public, but I invite you to contact me if you should want to do that. I imagine that having a blog makes one feel very strange when someone says they like you and feel like they know you, but that's the new world, isn't it?


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