Pantry Shelf Posted on April 25, 2013 by The Course of Our Seasons Nothing’s sealed in the green glass jars lining the empty shelf. Wanderings of motes fill in gaps of sunlight and shadow. Emptiness longing to be filled, made whole, made worthy. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...
Emptiness longing to be filled – how many people’s lives are like that, I wonder?
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Nothings needs and apostrophe thus – Nothing’s.
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I really like this thought-provoking sijo, Kathleen.
You are my editing hero! Hope you and yours are well and spring is reaching still cold Scotland! K
There’s a fresh dusting of snow on some of the hills I can see from my kitchen window 😦 But the leaves are starting to unfold now and the days are definitely longer, so it must be Spring.
We are having a cold thundery rainy day but the weatherman is promising sunny 80s by Monday. Will try to wrap some up and send on to you! K
loved the picture
Thanks – these bottles line a shelf in our glassed porch – the tiny creatures are the size of my fingernail and gifts from a dear friend. K
you are a dear friend too!!
I like this so much. Exploring that concept of empty-ful(filled), great idea. The photo, of course, is perfect. Wish I had some of that beautiful gem-like glass, actually.
So happy you liked this – some of the glass I have is handed down from family but I found many in thrift stores and flea mkts! Go out and find some and put in a sunny window!
As soon as I have a window of my own I will. 🙂
The emptiness longing to be filled touches my heart…
Thank you Laurie – K
..ah, i would say Mary has said exactly what i had in mind… clever & beautiful… smiles…
Thank you Kelvin – Mary’s words and yours mean so much – K
I think this can be read as a metaphor, life an empty vessel waiting to be filled.
Yes, I think it could be read that way too – thanks Bjorn – K
i love how they’re open to be filled with whatever comes their way…catching sunlight in their spare time…we can learn from those bottles
Thanks, Claudia! Rainy today here – so hoping to catch some sunlight in my spare time soon too! K
I too have lots of glass bottles and pieces as prisms or sun-catchers..like magic..makes me think of Hayley Mills 😉
katy – I loved that story when I was a kid – creating the rainbows with the prisms – thanks for reminding me of our Pollyanna! smiles – K
Loved the way you talked about the emptiness within the bottles, while contrasting it with the layers of light that fill every crevice with and without.
Thanks, Sam and thanks for the prompt – interesting and fun to try new forms. K
Really beautiful. This poem can be read on different levels. My interpretation tonight is that emptiness is always yearning for fulfillment. Beauty itself does not satisfy if it feels itself empty. This may not be the meaning you had in mind, but it is how I felt your poem.
Thank you, Mary. I am happy you shared this with me – always moving to hear how something I write is read and interpreted. I appreciate your kind words. K
Ah, I see. The longing to fulfill the purpose for which a thing is created. Yes, pretty but empty cannot be satisfying. I’d love to know what those colored bottles were used for, too.
The bottles in my photo are small-about 3 inches tall- but supposedly reproductions of old whiskey bottles from the American colonial period. Might change the way this poem is read 🙂 K
Lovely K, both words and picture of those colored “family” glass ~
Thank you Grace
I do love bottles too but the metaphor of feeling empty searching for worth really hits strong! Well done!
Thank you – I am so happy that you liked it – K
ah nice last line…the emptiness and longing to be filled…my grandmother really liked colored glass, this made me think of her a bit…smiles…
Hi Brian – thanks so much – hope you and yours are well – how is your grandmother? K
Love the colorful bottles, and “motes” is a word I feel I should use in future.
Thanks – that is a great word- smiles- K
I love colored bottles – I used to have several before I downsized my space.
lovely companion piece to the picture – you’ve written such a sense of waiting into it
I have lots of colored glass along the shelves in the glassed porch so they catch the light Many old bottles and glass pieces from my grandmother and great aunts – kinda old fashioned but I love the way it looks!
Thanks – and that was what I hoped would come across – that waiting to be useful. K