A Day Like This


Mist rising;
sky a deepening blue;
treetops wreathed in morning sun,
and just enough breeze to ripple
the grass and nod the yellow tulips.

Above me swallows slice the air.
Short dark arrows, they never miss,
their flight too swift for error.

I bet they fly faster, farther,
on a day like this,
the way dogs on a beach,
will break into a run,
or cats on warm sidewalks
will stretch their full length,
surrender their bodies
to the splendor of heat.

How much have I missed
in the hurry of my life?
Bring me back
with fur or feathers,
let me claim
all that is mine.

Published by

Jean Ryan

Jean Ryan, a native Vermonter, lives in Napa, California. Her stories and essays have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. She has also published a novel, LOST SISTER. Her short story collections, SURVIVAL SKILLS and LOVERS AND LONERS, are available online. STRANGE COMPANY, a collection of short nature essays, is available in paperback as well as digital and audio editions.

8 thoughts on “A Day Like This

  1. Lovely, lovely, lovely!

    I am delighted that your and Cindy’s explorations are more than meeting your expectations, Jean. Thank you for keeping us posted.

    Much love to you, both.


    Sent from my iPhone


  2. How I would love to have your poetry set to music. A day like this came across in the form of a lullabye. Beautiful and reminded me to acknowledge what’s happening in the here and now. That’s all there is; all we have.
    You rock, Jean Ryan! I was in NOLA for a few days and thought how close I might be to you & Cindy in Alabama (I just happened to have a banjo on my knee……you, too?). Back in nyc late last night. And your exquisite poetry to remind me and all your fans to breathe and look at the world around us. Hail! X&O

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