"Self Portrait of the Artist Painting His Wife" by Giulio Quaglio‘Productivity’ and Other Poetry by Rita Dubman The Society October 4, 2017 Beauty, Poetry 8 Comments Productivity Lately a feeling’s been making me twitch, The Creator in me has too long sat bewitched. Too idle He sits, and He longs to express, some insightful new thought that he does not possess. I should be very pleased that He’s been so subdued, that he’s given me peace to get done what I do. And I’ve been quite successful at doing my thing when He’s not been around to discomfiture bring. But now He is back, and He’s back with full force and though He slows me down, it is not for the worse. For what is productive, at the root of the word? Its meaning eludes me, as it would a bird. What do we all work for when we busy about, and produce nothing more than new troubles and doubts? New cares for tomorrow, new points on the list shattering peace with a fidgety fist. But when He comes a-nagging, away goes my list and productive behavior does a 180 twist. Back to the root of this monotonous word, I will truly produce something new for the herd. And they may reject it, or they might enjoy but at least my Creator gets his fill of joy. And though I will suffer for neglect of my list productivity’s one thing I will not have missed. In fact its the thing I will truly achieve For only creation can satisfy need, can satisfy lust to produce or consume can break through the hovering everyday gloom. In life many feel like there’s lack of control like we’re not the true masters over mind, body, soul. And our domain may not reach far past our own home but at least I’m Creator, I’m God, of this poem. The Mushroom and The Stump Any city dweller sees Symbolic meaning in the trees But only forest people know The value of all things that grow The things that in the forest thrive Depend on bonds to stay alive The soils, the moss, the ferns and trees Support the birds, the bugs, the bees And when the fires and the rain Pass through the west coast woods again A new love follows in their wake Withstanding any coastal quake The force of nature cannot trump The mushroom allied with its stump They form a synergetic base That keeps them solidly in place The depth of this connection stays A mystery to the common gaze Yet both from this connection glean A vibrance that can now be seen And all the other living things Thrive off the energy it brings For it has laid a new foundation And at a higher elevation Life that near them has begun Can now be closer to the sun Rita Dubman is a young geologist intent on pursuing her passion for creative writing. She is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. This is her first publication. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 8 Responses Satyananda Sarangi October 4, 2017 Hello Rita 🙂 Both the poems are lovely. Wish to read more from you. Best wishes. Reply Michael Dashiell October 4, 2017 I agree these poems are lovely and show a particular knowledge about their subject and content. They’re similar to my poetic approach. Reply David Watt October 5, 2017 I also look forward to seeing more of your insightful work. My personal favorite is ‘The Mushroom and The Stump’ as it obviously stems from your affinity with Nature. Reply Rita Dubman October 5, 2017 Thanks for your support, everyone! The Mushroom and The Stump I wrote as my sister’s wedding poem. It was inspired by her and my brother-in-law’s shared passion for ecology, and is a metaphor for their connection. It made a great wedding toast!………..stay tuned for my poetry blog to go live later this month. Reply Michael Dashiell October 5, 2017 I look forward to your blog, the best of luck to you. Reply Satyananda Sarangi October 6, 2017 All the best for your blog, Rita. Looking forward to it. Reply J. Simon Harris October 6, 2017 Very nice work. I especially like “The Mushroom and the Stump”, and I’m sure your sister must have been very moved by it. Hope to hear more from you. Please let us know when your blog is online. Best, J. Simon Harris Reply David Hollywood October 8, 2017 Wonderful reflective philosophy in ‘Productivity’ and superb liveliness in ‘The Mushroom and the Stump’ allied to great rhythm and different styles of pace in both. Well done and thank you. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.