Simplicity of Static

Heather of The EO presented a challenge last week.
Ok, so it’s not so much a challenge as a call to simplicity.
Staring one.single.tiny.moment in the eye and packaging it up nice & pretty.
Or maybe not so pretty.
Even if the moment isn’t beautiful,
Let the capturing of the moment be.


riding with the windows down
we are windblown and happy <full stop>

the exuberant sound of laughter is muffled by the deluge of wind
flooding my senses, leaving me feeling as if it is all a dream,
or maybe I am miles away from this moment

but i am not <full stop>

for once, for once…
i am fully here <full stop and deep breath>

i glance into my rear view mirror
and i count them
always with the counting!
always checking off each of my little ducks
tell me that you love me more <pause to sing>

they scream with all that is within them
and i don’t scream back
no shushing or reprimands
no “don’t wake the baby”s

they scream with all that is within them
and they look at each other and giggle
and smile (and it makes me smile)

they scream with all that is within them
and yet the world hears nothing <breath mark>
their voices swallowed whole by static noise
but they don’t mind
(or even seem to notice)

because they aren’t screaming for the world
they are screaming to feel free
they are screaming to get it out
they are screaming because they can
and they don’t care who hears
or if anybody hears it at all


Just Write

15 Responses to Simplicity of Static
  1. Galit Breen
    September 13, 2011 | 8:34 am

    This post is pure poetry, and your moment? Is pure magic. Beautifully told.

  2. Wendy @ Mama one to three
    September 13, 2011 | 8:53 am

    So lovely. I always feel like I am counting off my little ducklings– theres one… Two… Where’s thr…okay three…. Breathe…
    You captured the moment with grace.

  3. Adventures In Babywearing
    September 13, 2011 | 10:03 am



  4. Jo
    September 13, 2011 | 10:09 am

    “for once, for once…i am fully here”


  5. Liz Sanders
    September 13, 2011 | 10:11 am

    Perfection in a post.

    Also, I count all the time as well.

  6. mich pendergrass
    September 13, 2011 | 10:21 am

    “and they don’t care who hears or if anyone hears at all”


  7. alita
    September 13, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Lyrical and lovely in every single way.

    Speaking of lyrics, I adore Feist. You have good tastes in music.


  8. Ellie
    September 13, 2011 | 11:00 am


    “always with the counting”… LOVED this.

    Just gorgeous.


  9. Erica@PLRH
    September 13, 2011 | 11:21 am

    Ahhh… Living in the moment. Isn’t it wonderful?

  10. Kate
    September 13, 2011 | 12:12 pm

    The counting, the screaming. I know it all. Full stop and deep breath. Exactly. This is freedom. I loved it.

  11. Mary @ A Simple Twist of Faith
    September 13, 2011 | 12:50 pm

    fully there, and that is enough…beautiful

  12. Heather of the EO
    September 13, 2011 | 6:00 pm

    This is just lovely.
    and yes, driving with the windows down? GOOD stuff 🙂

    Thank you.

  13. Krista
    September 13, 2011 | 10:05 pm

    I love this. Oh to be young again! I wish I could still get away with screaming and not caring who hears it.

  14. Elaine
    September 13, 2011 | 11:48 pm

    You captured the moment pretty well, if you ask me.

    And now I want to ride with the windows opened while my kids “let it all out”! 😀

  15. Liz
    September 14, 2011 | 5:09 pm

    Freedom in a moment.