Poetry

Bits and bobs that have inspired me to keep going, or change, or …

There’s some quotes here, too.


 

From “Snow” by Carol Ann Duffy
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“What will you do now with the gift of your left life?”

 

From “A Blessing for One Who is Exhausted” by John O’Donohue
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Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.

Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.

 

From “Take Up Space” by Vanessa Kisuule
Kisuule performing the full poem »

Believe the compliments you are given.
Give yourself the benefit of the doubt.
Don’t doubt the benefits of being the brightest shade of you on the spectrum.

 

From “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver
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Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

 

“I Worried” by Mary Oliver

I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers
flow in the right direction, will the earth turn
as it was taught, and if not how shall
I correct it?

Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven,
can I do better?

Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows
can do it and I am, well,
hopeless.

Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it,
am I going to get rheumatism,
lockjaw, dementia?

Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing.
And gave it up. And took my old body
and went out into the morning,
and sang.

 

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