Today's guest poet is Nancy Keck from Colorado. She is a retired Developmental Reading faculty at Western Colorado Community College, has written poetry for years, and belongs to Women Writing for a Change in Western Colorado.
Feast on My Life
I want to feast on my life, to savor each of the many blessings that fill it now.
The orange scented blessings of our three daughters,
mothers themselves, so beautiful and so brave!
The salty scented blessings of the little ones, three two-year-olds in our blended family,
each one a tornado of energy
each one a unique gift of love.
And the two babies whose soft skin, like the flesh of a pear, guides us to caress them.
I want to feast on the surprise that is my new husband,
learning to trust again has been slow and difficult for me,
but he is constant.
A gardener, he tastes of dirt and honey, tomatoes and chocolate.
My dogs are my dearest companions
urging me out to walk along the Colorado River,
they leap, run and play joyfully in the sunshine.
I want to feast on my life
on all its honeyed sweetness
and sour sadness
for this savory banquet is all mine.
Nancy's poem could be a response to Mary Oliver's "The Summer Day," which has the oft-quoted end lines:
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
Readers, what do you feast on? Or how would you answer Oliver's question? Kindly leave a comment for Nancy below.