Leave a Space: NPM22 Day 20

Today I’m feeling the accumulation of too much to do and too little time–so when I read Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem Burning the Old Year as part of today’s #verselove prompt at Ethical ELA, the lines an absence shouts, leaves a space shouted at me about the need for space. It’s rough, but here’s the direction I headed.

Leave a Space

Leave a space

for breath

As I hurry to finish all the things

a list longer

than my memory

tying knots between

my should blades

Leave a space

to ponder

instead of filling my brain

with bad news

fake news

ridiculous new

who really needs

this news?

Leave a space

of contemplation

Another meeting

another committee

filled with decisions

that everyone

and no one

cares about and those who care the least

make the final

decision

Leave a space

to just be

wide open space

Leave a space

where I can be me

@kd0602

2 thoughts on “Leave a Space: NPM22 Day 20

  1. mbhmaine

    I could feel how tightly coiled things are for you and love that line “tying knots between/ my shoulder blades”. I found the mentor poem itself so interesting–there were so many ways I could experience/interpret it.

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