Treasure Island

David Wood

(07 April 1950 / London)

An Ordinary Day

The joggers running around the lake
Looked as if they were about to give birth.
They say no pain no gain but they were
Obviously stressed out to say the least.

My exercise was throwing the ball for Clara
Who retrieved it and brought it back to me.
This routine we did every morning for the
Past year, except when it rained.

The lake was kidney shaped and was one
Mile round and almost flat except for the
Grassy mounds that were raised covered
With bushes and ash trees and silver birch.

Joggers, dog walkers and the elderly plodded
Around trying not to bump into each other
With a ‘Morning’ or ‘Afternoon’ as the day dictated.
Even young mums with pushchairs graced the day.

There was nothing special about the lake, in fact
It was ordinary as lakes go with swans, ducks and
Geese flapping about with coots and moorhens
In their wake but it was popular with folk.

But this is the thing with life, we take the ordinary
And turn it into something special, a cause celeb.
And the moments we share with strangers can
Be moments to savour in the course of the day.

Submitted: Monday, July 08, 2013
Edited: Monday, July 08, 2013

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  • Kanniappan Kanniappan (9/26/2013 11:25:00 PM)

    Hi David,
    I feel as if I am walking round the lake. I wondered by seeing the local British (While I went to Reading, UK) or Americans (while I went to Seattle) wishing 'Hi' with a smile. Nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • Kanniappan Kanniappan (8/6/2013 10:01:00 PM)

    I understand a poet can write, even an ordinary morning walk in a park, as a very nice poem.
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    I had been to READING UK during 2006, stayed with my son in Swansea road, reading. (Report) Reply

  • Ken E Hall (7/16/2013 2:19:00 AM)

    Different slant on an ordinary day which as the poem goes on the ending explains it all and the skill of the writer,
    nice to read...regards (Report) Reply

  • Cambridge Keenan (7/12/2013 5:58:00 PM)

    this is so right on David...meeting new people, doing kind deeds for others....just being in someone's presence can be a big deal for many are lonely, have no family or abandoned...our word can be so cruel and vicious...I see it getting colder and the ice age is makes me sad (Report) Reply

  • Lorraine Colon (7/9/2013 12:39:00 PM)

    Good feelings radiate from this poem, but especially the last stanza. Just a smile or kind word from a stranger can have such a great impact, not just on the day, but sometimes on our lives. (Report) Reply

  • Kavya . (7/9/2013 4:29:00 AM)

    rightly said, in life an ordinary thing can be turned special by sharing some moments even with strangers! a gud write... (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Halls (7/8/2013 10:14:00 AM)

    Nothing ordinary about this poem David.
    Once again you manage to paint a vivid picture in words. (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (7/8/2013 9:59:00 AM)

    Ordinary becomes extraordinary in the eyes of the poet and it becomes a source of joy for all the readers. Great poem. Thank you David. (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (7/8/2013 7:52:00 AM)

    A very vivid and profound write, the lake scene aptly painted but your words. The lines are light and smooth, gently touching one's sensibilities and creates a tranquil mood. Very nice indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (7/8/2013 7:16:00 AM)

    A casual day around an ordinary lake and casual scenes. Yet it has a charm of its own! Such trivialities of life make life colourful! Enjoyed the lake scene with joggers running around and mums with pushchairs strolling with their infants and toddlers! (Report) Reply

  • Dave Walker (7/8/2013 5:43:00 AM)

    A great poem, I always try and do something different every day,
    it doesn't always work out like it should but it makes some kind of
    change. (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra (7/8/2013 5:24:00 AM)

    we take the ordinary in to something special. Life is just ordinary, just natural, a true poet only can know it, thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Walterrean Salley (7/8/2013 5:18:00 AM)

    Turning the ordinary into something extraordinary. What a wonderful thought. And that's just what we poets do.
    Thanks. (Report) Reply

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