ragtags studio central: sarah's random this & that

random means "having no definite aim or purpose," (1655), taken from "at random" (1565), "at great speed" (thus, "carelessly, haphazardly"). In 1980s college student slang, it somehow, and sadly, acquired a distinct sense of "inferior, undesirable." (Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper) Well, okay, fine, Mr. Online Etymology Dictionary person, but THIS is the 21st Century. It's a whole new ball of wax.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Staying Cozy

January is month for which I have mixed feelings.
Hopes are high, the slate in some ways fresh.
But it's often cold here in the foothills of the Rockies
& our house doesn't stay warm easily.
Rare sunny days, though short, are welcomed with a thankful heart.
On an afternoon spent trying to keep my fingers warm enough to work,
I dream of a lofty mountain cabin, with blazing fire, spacious hearth,
overflowing bookshelves & huge comfy chairs.
Outside, a flash of sheer red - a bird - through trees so deeply green
one gets lost just looking at them.
Snowshoes crunch, yet quietly, back up the path to the porch
& in through a lovely heavy wooden door.
Wool piles form on the floor as scarves & hats & mittens
are flung off, exchanged for the handles of thick homemade mugs
overflowing with coffee & chocolate & cream.
Music & laughter replace snowshoe's crunch.
Here & now & back to everyday, I find myself; cold fingers stiff
& hard to guide.
Maybe I'll begin a wish list:
Item # 1 - fingerless gloves (with altering potential?)