In Praise of Idleness

by Naomi Beth Wakan and Michael Dylan Welch

First published by the Federation of BC Writers in Wordworks 2021:1, January 2021, page 12 (shown below), together with my essay, “Curing Poetic Loneliness with Rengay.” We originally wrote this rengay in late January 2020, before the coronavirus pandemic required idleness of us all.

clouds move

across the skylight

I drift along too Naomi

lazy day

in the La-Z-Boy Michael

my list

of things to do

as my bookmark Naomi

writer at work

stretched out

in his hammock Michael

even when supper calls

my unmoving husband Naomi

beach weather . . .

our frisbee still

on top of the cooler Michael