Cool Jerk of Joy 1: I put a little pot with a parsley plant in it on my kitchen window sill in the fall in hopes it would last the winter. It got browner & browner & I guess it didn’t make it – but a few morning glory seeds must have fallen into the soil & the vines began to grow – sort of pale green but they grew. Then quite unexpectedly it bloomed. The will to live can be astonishing.
Cool Jerk of Joy 2: One of the cool things for me about WordPress is the stats page – I never get enough hits to satisfy me but when I check the geography of hits I find that in the past 30 days my page has been looked at by people in Canada, USA, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Pakistan. Sri Lanka, India, Japan, Thailand, Republic of Korea, France, Germany, Turkey, Mexico & Australia! Now that’s encouraging.
One of the WP pages I was subscribed to closed – the blogger didn’t feel she was getting enough attention, so why bother. I know how she feels. When I check someone else’s page I usually hit the like button, often make a comment, just so that they’ll know someone, anyone, was there. For the ones I get email notice of, I always click through to the actual page so they at least get another hit.
The Cool Jerk of Joy
the baristas were doing the Latin boogaloo
steamed milk foam spraying the air
they didn’t care
any more than the
bulk barn clerks doing the Harlem shuffle
tossing cans of cat food
to the subway collector
doing the moonwalk in his booth
roger’s cable guys
tearing off a quick gavotte
around break-dancing skate boarders
jitter bugging news reporters
covering the story
of dirty dirty sliding short-order cooks
cha-cha-ing construction workers
dental hygienists doing the hula
bumping into Viennese waltzing roofers
obstetricians lost in a tango
and me entangled in the cool jerk