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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Getting a day ahead of myself

I have continued the habit of posting poetry on Wednesday, in tribute to the now-defunct FreeVerse postings sponsored by Cara (bring 'em back, Cara!)

Today's an exception; I loved the newest poem from Maya Stein and wanted to feature it, since it represented the day I had (and also tied back into yesterday's chocolate pudding!).

Besides, tomorrow is the first day of my new job, so I'm reserving the blog for tales of the day.


~by Maya Stein

There were ways to attack the day, and you did just that,
razoring a path through every list and chore, slicing into the meat
of your endless to-do’s with a steel-eyed rigor. You are so good at
flinging yourself at the buzzing mechanisms of your life, separating wheat
from chaff. But eventually, the hours narrowed to a close, and the clutch
you'd kept on your efficiency diminished too. You fell to the couch a little
discombobulated - despite your efforts, feeling like you didn’t do that much.
And no wonder. Without pleasure, the work is vacant, a bookend with no middle.
So you bent to the happy task of chocolate pudding, forklifting one slow
spoonful at a time, and soon your clarity returned, your tenderness, your glow.


Kelly said...

You're right.... this poem ties in perfectly with your chocolate pudding.

Great poem!

I'll be thinking about you tomorrow and looking forward to hearing all about it!

Marion said...

I love it. And like Kelly said, great for a chocolate pudding kinda girl. xoxo

Pam said...

I'll be thinking about you tomorrow, too! And, I just love and soooo relate to the poem!!!! :)

quid said...


I thought of you with your early-summer cleaning spree when I read this poem.


Valerie said...

What a great way to express the need for comfort food -- especially chocolate pudding.

I miss FreeVerse too, and was just thinking the other day that I haven't posted a poem for a long time. Would like to get back in the habit of doing that, soon.