The Ol’ Bench – A Perfect Collaboration

Waiting for someone to come and sit by me.


The Bench in Waiting


Today as I visited Serendipity, which I do quite often for her excellent photography, interesting articles, candid humor and wonderful musings, The Bench in Waiting immediately captured my attention. Thank you, Marilyn for your inspiration that guided me to reflect on The Ol’ Bench. . .

The Ol’ Bench

A resting place, a stopping-off point

Relief from labors along life’s way

The bench beckoned moments for solitude

To ponder reveries of the day

How many have passed this way

Stopped for a moment or two

Rested, mused, wondered

Contemplated what to do?

What decisions were made

Changes to start anew

Thoughts and reflections

Begin again, redo?

Beaten, battered, broken

Life’s pain abates

It holds a lifetime’s worth of stories …

And still, it waits

Awaits the next visitor

To settle down, to rest

To ponder, to wonder

Tomorrow — life’s next test

A resting place, a stopping-off point

Relief from labors along life’s way

The bench beckons moments for solitude

To ponder reveries of the day. . .

©2012 catnipoflife
Sharla Lee Shults

Sharla has managed to capture exactly what I was thinking when I created this picture … making this a perfect collaborative effort. Thank you Sharla for putting into words exactly how I felt!

Categories: Nature, Photography, Poetry, Seasons

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13 replies

  1. That is a GREAT photo…so much character! Wonder how many stories surround its lifetime of a restful offering?


    • It probably has a lifetime’s worth of stories to tell … and still, it waits.

      On Sun, Nov 25, 2012 at 10:34 AM, Serendipity


      • I do hope you are still awake and perhaps even at the computer at this very moment. Go to to see how you inspired catnip today:>)


        • Check out our collaberation! You really do capture exactly … I mean exactly … what I was thinking when I took the picture. Thanks you!!! You really read my mind.


          • We are two scary minds! LOL:>)


            • If only you didn’t live so far away … we could do such cool stuff together!! Meanwhile, I’m falling ever further behind on my project. I was going to go try and grab some pictures, but I don’t have the time. I’m going to have to stay focused. It is such a beautiful day here: bright and clear! Snow maybe tomorrow, but it would only be a dusting and it’s not cold, so it wouldn’t last long anyhow. I made a committment and I have to honor it and I don’t have a lot more time. I have to start turning in results in ajust another week or so. I do hope that this is not a true representation of the state of American literature because I am genuinely under-whelmed.


              • So sorry you are disappointed in the writing but you are reading what is offered and apparently it is not up to par:>( Jim and I are definitely going to make a trip up the East coast so one day, my friend, one day I’ll come knockin’ at your door! LOL:>)


                • A visit would be something to look forward to! What I’ve been reading ranges from ho-hum to pretty good but predictable … with one classic thrown in that’s great, but it was written more than 100 years ago. It’s the lack of imagination that’s so sad. Even the stuff that’s well written is unoriginal … and much of it is just plain dull.


                  • That explains why TV and movies are so predictable…most of their stories are based on books. Hubby and I laugh as we tell each other what is going to happen next and 9 times out of 10 we are right on the nose!


                    • Us too. The total lack of anything like originality does not bode well. I can’t believe it’s because there aren’t great writers … I think it’s more like publishers unwilling to take even the slightest risk. Awful.


  2. Hopefully the next visitor will not be super sized.


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