In search of story

September 4.20: Coping


The world is too much with us,

so let us find some sticks,

and build us walls more sturdy

than paltry stone and bricks.

We’ll build a fort so mighty

that it will long endure,

then we can crawl inside

and all the mean abjure.

We’ll hug our knees and revel

in a world of let’s-pretend,

and make believe our hide-out

is where the rainbows end.

We’ll think of things so perfect

the world will be reborn,

and, while we’re at it, capture

and tame a unicorn.


With thanks to William Wordsworth,

to photographer S.W. Berg,

and to Ritchey Woods, Fishers, IN.

5 thoughts on “September 4.20: Coping

  1. Amen. I can load up my pickup with sticks and head your way. ๐Ÿ™‚ I told my husband this morning the news is so ugly it is not worth listening to or watching. I’ve been putting closed captioning on so I can check something out if I want to or ignore it because it is not healthy. There seems to be no end to the ugliness. Once a month when I pay the cable bill, I laugh because I’d hate to calculate the price per hour of viewing since I have it off most of the time. Take care, Maureen, and I hope you have some feathered friends to keep you entertained this weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, Judy! I too hope for some feathered friends. That excludes the geese, of course.

      We could build quite a fort, couldn’t we? I guess we build our forts with words for now and seek refuge in blog posts, and for sure they help. I struggle with the news. I don’t want to admit it into my head but at the same time I want to know in order to protect myself. I cannot remember any time when there have been so many immediate threats to reason and life. “Ugly” is the word.

      I think I will build a fort of sugar cookies this weekend.

  2. Hiding in a fort is very tempting. Even a fort without a unicorn.

    I struggle with the news too. It exerts a fascination and I feel the need to be informed about matters of the day, but knowing hardly bring us happiness or a sense of security.

  3. Mysteries is right! Who can understand these things? In my fort there would be no such mysteries.

    Security. Yes, there is little of that these days. It is so tiring to constantly try to find footing that only slips away. It’s a tough balancing act between being knowing too much news and knowing too little.

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