Friday, January 27, 2006


My husband's job may take us to Seattle in the next couple of years, and we just arrived here in Durham, NC, about 6 months ago. Exciting and unnerving. Anyone have info or insights?

Seattle Stream

J.B. Rowell

The rain doesn't bother,
what does is another
idea to idealize
the next step over now

moody mist softens what ifs
makes them glow.

From here to there
mind travels, jumps
ahead to convey
expanse, the great idio-

syncratic country of ours
exposed arm to needle.

Roots can absorb
enough nutrients from air
and heaven knows
there's enough water

dangling above dirt keeps
safe from fault line.


Blogger Michelle e o said...

I always thought seattle would be a great place. Of course, I love rain! I liked the poem. Especially the roots part and exposed arm to needle. I got a little tripped on "the next step over now" as far as what it meant. Does it mean simply the next step? Probably just me. I've come back and read it a few times.

Advice on moving: home is in the heart and in your family itself.

10:43 PM, January 27, 2006  
Blogger Michael Parker said...

Seattle is huge. But it is close to Portland, which is one of my favorite cities. The whole Pacific Northwest coastal line is beautiful. We visit there every summer as a family.

I do like Michelle's comment about home.

11:45 PM, January 27, 2006  
Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

This was a stream of consciousness exercise, and I think the next step over now was trying to get at how I tend to get caught up in the next step, and miss experiencing the full now. I know home is where the heart is, and I try to count blessings, but 7 years of grad school, now post docing, and the next step being a great unknown takes its toll, I never feel settled. Woe is me, I know.

And thanks Michael, I keep hearing about the beauty there, and can't wait to see it for myself. We also have family in San Fran, which would be much closer to visit. We'll see . . .

9:22 AM, January 28, 2006  
Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

Did anyone get exposed arm (lady liberty) and needle (of course the Seattle landmark) - I just think it's funny how they always use Seattle as the there in from here to there . . .

9:35 AM, January 28, 2006  
Blogger Michelle e o said...

I know Julia, and didn't you just purchase your home? Am I remembering that correct? So I can imagine there must be a little fear and a little frustration in there somewhere. I was hoping to make you feel a little more content on the idea of having to pick up and leave.

3:57 PM, January 28, 2006  
Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

Fear, frustration, but excitement too - thanks Michelle. We are in our 1st house - nice to leave renting behind with grad school. You do make me feel more content by "listening" (in the cyber sense) and understanding. Appreciating what we have is always good advice.
So thanks,

4:10 PM, January 28, 2006  

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