Monday, September 28, 2009


There's painting going on at my house.
Not the kind I usually do.
In fact, I'm not the one painting.

There are professionals at work here,
or will be when the sun comes up,
painting the exterior of my house
in a nice, understated gray
with just a hint of brown for the body
and darker related colors for trim
and the front door.

It's funny when I think of it.

I've been told that my upcoming trip to Egypt
for a writing seminar and initiation into spiritual mysteries
will be transformative.

I will undergo metamorphosis.

And here I am,
transforming the place where my body dwells.
I'm getting ready to shed my outer skin.

In just over a year,
I've replaced all the carpet,
painted all the rooms with carpet,
gutted two bathrooms and rebuilt them from the ground up.

Not to mention gutting my savings account.

I've ordered cabinet knobs and pulls
for the kitchen and the two bathrooms
that don't have cabinet "jewelry."

The carriage lights I ordered have arrived,
just in time for the painters to replace the old ones
when they're finished painting.

Is this foreshadowing?

Will my interior life,
like my house,
be transformed?

Or will I come back
from my photography workshop
and my writing workshop
and the wander around Egypt
just my old familiar self?


poefusion said...

sounds like someone is rather busy. hope your house painting turns out the way you want it to. and, hope you've liked all the other changes you've made also. something good has to come from all these changes. you wait and see. have a great day.

Bonnie Zieman, M.Ed. said...

Perhaps a bit of both - just like the house. You have transformed parts of it - but it is still the same house. You will surely be transformed by new learnings and experiences - but the core you will still be there - - at least that's how I see it.

How lucky you are - Egypt!!

Meri said...

Michelle - probably too busy for my own good. I need time to just anticipate what's coming.

Bonnie - I'm sure you're right. I'm still wondering if I will have a sense of change or if it will be imperceptible.

ELK said...

the thought of metamorphosis ties in so well with the trip and painting...
you are such an imaginative person and I so happy to have found your space here!

Delwyn said...

Hi Maeri

I dunno, has it been forty years yet...

Happy days

deb did it said...

you will the same Meri, only intensified with greater knowledge of her own talents that lie beneath the surface....LET THEM OUT....bring them to the light and express yourself.....I can't wait to hear all about the "new and improved" Meri!!