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Saturday Smells Good To Me Today

Saturday Smells Good to Me Today

written by: Phyllis Schwartz


Saturday smells good to me today,
from my balcony looks good to me today.

Palm trees and pines,
Flowers on vines.

Their fragrance releases my tension
despite blackbirds vying for attention,

I can hear the sounds of walkers talking
secrets on the road below.

While I take pictures of my toes, comparing them to pearly seashells
they look up at the crinkly sound of my newspaper.

No one knows I’m eavesdropping from above,
as I skip the headlines trying to make me sad today.

Flip to better ones “A seal found near the freeway.”
Was he trying to get free and away?

The sounds of cars driving by the coast, far away.
Strange like a hushed lullaby.

Someone not me’s working today ‘cause nearby
I hear a tool ping on cement then soft cursing.

The sun on one cheek makes the other jealous.
The whole Midwest is jealous.

The ocean shrugs its wavy shoulders at me,
Wishes it could weave sea grass into my hair.

To prepare for the beach bonfire dance tonight, don’t forget to invite
the hummingbird and her egret boyfriend.

Maybe now I can make it ’til Sunday.
On this Encinitas winter weekend.

Phyllis Schwartz

Phyllis Schwartz

Phyllis Schwartz is a former journalist living in the dreamy beach town of Encinitas, California. After many years of working in the gritty news town of Chicago, Illinois she is back near her coastal hometown writing poetry and children's books. The married mother of two combines what she draws from her experiences on the west coast and what some call the third coast for her tightly phrased and observational poetry, evoking sight and sound images much in the way one would when writing for the visual and descriptive experience of television news. Her first children's book "When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!" comes out in September. It's an upbeat, rhyming book about how family can help a sick mom recover with humor and fun. Phyllis is a three-time cancer survivor.
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