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The Bench in Waiting

on November 26, 2012

Today as I visited Serendipity, which I do quite often for her excellent photography, interesting articles, candid humor and wonderful musings, The Bench in Waiting immediately captured my attention. Thank you, Marilyn for your inspiration that guided me to reflect on The Ol’ Bench. . .

Photo Credit: Marilyn Armstrong

The Ol’ Bench

A resting place, a stopping-off point

Relief from labors along life’s way

The bench beckoned moments for solitude

To ponder reveries of the day

How many have passed this way

Stopped for a moment or two

Rested, mused, wondered

Contemplated what to do?

What decisions were made

Changes to start anew

Thoughts and reflections

Begin again, redo?

Beaten, battered, broken

Life’s pain abates

It holds a lifetime’s worth of stories …

And still, it waits

Awaits the next visitor

To settle down, to rest

To ponder, to wonder

Tomorrow — life’s next test

A resting place, a stopping-off point

Relief from labors along life’s way

The bench beckons moments for solitude

To ponder reveries of the day. . .


©2012 catnipoflife
Sharla Lee Shults

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34 responses to “The Bench in Waiting

  1. Mark says:

    Oh stories inanimate objects would tell if they could talk. You captured this one very nicely!

  2. […] Today as I visited Serendipity, which I do quite often for her excellent photography, interesting articles, candid humor and wonderful musings, The Bench in Waiting immediately captured my attention. Thank you, Marilyn for your inspiration that guided me to reflect on The Ol’ Bench.  […]

  3. […] See on catnipoflife.wordpress.com […]

  4. Teepee12 says:

    That is perfect … exactly what I was thinking when I took the picture!! It’s beautiful.

  5. Teepee12 says:

    And since this is a perfect collaberation, you may see it also on my site at:

    http://teepee12.wordpress.com/2012/11/25/bench-in-waiting/

    I really couldn’t have said it nearly as well!!

  6. You and “Serendipity” should collaborate on a book. Her lovely photography and your beautiful poetry go so well together.

  7. Taylor says:

    I’ve forgotten what it’s like to just sit and ponder…thanks for the reminder Sharla.

    Sent from my iPad

  8. bobmielke says:

    The subject of a bench triggers a memory of a hike I took a few years back to the base of one of our mant waterfalls in Oregon. There were plenty of switchbacks along the path leading to the pool of water where the falls emptied. I kept wondering why the powers that be put in all these benches at every turn. I got my answer when returning from the base of the falls. As I panted going up I kept hoping I could just reach that next bench. LOL

  9. […] Today as I visited Serendipity, which I do quite often for her excellent photography, interesting articles, candid humor and wonderful musings, The Bench in Waiting immediately captured my attention. Thank you, Marilyn for your inspiration that guided me to reflect on The Ol’ Bench.  […]

  10. […] See on catnipoflife.wordpress.com […]

  11. Thanks for sharing the bench. I heard once that one who cannot sit in solitude is afraid of their own thoughts. I take pleasure in solitude. My friends know that for two days I can live without TV, forget to check Facebook or Twitter, or call and say hello. Why/ Because I’m sitting on a bench reflecting and analyzing, resting and musing. Great poem, awesome photo.

  12. How beautifully awesome…a great poem a beautiful photo. Takes real heart to see a lonely bench and write to make it so beautiful.

  13. pennycoho says:

    Your poetry capture my soul. So many times I will be in a park and find a bench dedicated by plaque to another person(s) and you know they came and sat and reflected as your beautiful words so inspirationally suggested Sharla. Thank you, Penny

  14. Thank you for sharing your lovely poem!

  15. Claire Cappetta says:

    Wonderful poem Sharla, makes me think back to long walks along the coastline back home, thanks for bringing back warm memories! 🙂

  16. Raani York says:

    What a great impressive poem Sharla! It’s really special.

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