23 Sep 2009

Dust for a change

Do you ever have days that seem a bit surreal?
Like waking up in orange light
because your city has experienced a dust storm,
and tonnes of red earth have travelled from faraway farms to
windscreens, plants, and ground.

Where for two hours in the middle of day
your blood is pounding in your ears,
as you sit, waiting to read literature in a foreign language
to an entire classroom of students who seem so much more fluent and relaxed.

And dust hangs around in your throat.
That on walking home, in relief and exhaustion,
you see the sun and blue sky
and welcome fresh breeze...

And something so simple as avocado and hummus on rice crackers, and a yoghurt lassi made with handpicked mulberries and garden mint - makes you want to break out in a great big smile and dance, as you suddenly remember that everything is extraordinarily good.
Like spotting a burst of fuchsia pink in the trees,
and then slipping out the back doors onto the lane way
expecting to see a little bit more, and finding A LOT
And you can sit down and finally pick up sewing projects
that have been piled clumsily (and high) in the corner of the room,
When you realise that life -
just when you think you've worked it all out -
changes under your feet.

And however baffling and surreal it first seems,
sometimes thats exactly what we need.


  1. That dust storm was strange, and i was SO glad when the skies turned normal again!
    To think all that dust has traveled from around 12 hrs away and it has now moved to another place!

    Thanks for that positivity!

    oh and im sure you ended up reading greatly to your class, right?
    I wonder when the next time that i will learn a new language will be.........

    heres to change!

  2. Oh I love the colour of the light in the first photo. And as always your words are perfection.

  3. I echo the adoration of that first photo...such pretty pink light. I love that you grabbed your camera at that moment.

    I also love your eternally hopeful and patient perspective.

    I miss that relief after a big presentation. I miss school so badly.

  4. Oh I so agree! So beautifully written too :)

  5. So very, very true.

    That dust storm you had was quite remarkable! I couldn't believe the photos I saw on the news the next day!


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