Lazy Friday morning, or: Before Shabbat

                         I sit and write about the
                         Playmobil toys scattered
on the floor; stuffed animals, pillows
on the sofa; markers, colored pencils
on the table; Disney princess dolls and
                         plastic ponies everywhere; 
                         a 3D Disney castle puzzle 
in front of me, fully constructed; fish
in little aquarium, swimming around
in all directions; bookshelf, full of
                         books, toys, tchotchkes;
                         colored balloons left over
from our daughter's sixth birthday; gifts
from parents, grandparents; traffic sounds
from the left; the street not quite visible
                         through the large rectangular
                         flower grilled window;
we sit quietly at our oval wooden table;
we just woke up Friday morning; already
we are, each of us, busy with projects;
                         paint by numbers, color
                         within the lines, compose

The above poem is my take on d’Verse’s ‘Setting’ prompt.

The writing challenge: Bring us to a time and place in your poem. Give us the smells, sights and sounds of your setting. Note that settings can be real or fictional, or a combination of both real and fictional elements.


N.B. On Shabbat, which begins at sunset on Friday and ends upon sunset on Saturday, Jews traditionally do not write, paint, nor use electronic devices (among other restrictions). In essence, according to Jewish tradition, we are not to “create” on Shabbat. Therefore, Friday mornings are the perfect time to engage in our respective creative projects.

93 thoughts on “Lazy Friday morning, or: Before Shabbat”

  1. Play-Doh is timeless. ‘In the beginning God created..’ Fun to roll in my hands amongst our adult (mostly seniors), bible study.

  2. Well I learned something new today as I am not aware of the Jewish tradition. How lovely to be creative and just have fun during that time.

  3. Happy Shabbat David.
    A wonderful tour of your heartfelt home. It seems the toys have changed but the clutter of my visiting Kids and animals always remains and keeps a happy home. We’re babysitting my Grand Cat this weekend … 🤣

      1. 😹😹😹I would if I could but he is stuff in a room alone so my animals don’t terroize him but he has lots of visits and I’ll be acclimating them one by one.😻😽😾+🐈🐶(H &H)= chaos!!!! 🤣😜

  4. A wonderfully painted word picture of your setting! I love how you each go about your morning routine!
    we just woke up Friday morning; already
    we are, each of us, busy with projects;

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