Sunday, August 22, 2010

After Work


The ringing in my ear
the desk clutter—
post-its, a pile of unreturned
messages, half finished report,
the missing file that haunted me
all the way home—

the stop and go traffic on I-70,
sloshed latte in my lap,
the SUV on my ass,
news of floods, more IEDs,
unemployment, casualties,
mosque, no mosque—

all dispersed in a floral medley
of gentle bath bubbles and oils
nibbling my toes.

© 2010 – Michael A. Wells

Part of Magpie Tales 28


Tess Kincaid said...

A nice soak can be so therapeutic! I especially like the subtle rhyming pattern here. Nice piece.

Anonymous said...

I felt the stress and then I felt the relief. I really like the nibbling at my toes part!

Marilyn & Jeff said...

you had me all stressed too wonder you needed the soak in the bath. Well written.

Tumblewords: said...

There's a lot of stress on the hunt - thankfully, there are still bubbles and soothing waters.

Tattered and Lost said...

I like this very much. Simple bubbles can be so rewarding.

Anonymous said...

wow, you really have a great voice, very well put together, i liked this a lot. great writing.

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

well done!

Helen said...

Love, love the way you described the stress in your day ~~~ all true for so many!

Brian Miller said...

nicely played...i have those days...and a both would definitely be nice...smiles. nice magpie!

signed...bkm said...

Was in traffic all day yesterday I know how this one feels...nice magpie.bkm

Unknown said...

As fun as they are, I haven't had a bubble bath in many years.

A nice cool one sounds pretty good about now.

Stafford Ray said...

Nice to see you really know what's important! Pity about the coffee though. :-)

Michael A. Wells said...

Thanks everyone... It grew on me. I was only so-so with it at first.