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HOMEPAGE2020-12-02T13:55:42-05:00

WHY I WRITE A POEM A DAY

In a quest to find more joy in the tedious rhythm of my life as a new mother, I vowed to write a poem every day that year to train myself to observe the world around me. That was 10 years ago, and I never stopped. May this space inspire you to notice the ordinary moments in your own days and find them suddenly bright with wonder.

TODAY’S POEM

The power of words

She is seven
and experimenting
with the power of her words
as though she just grew claws

she places a few together
and nudges them towards me

“did that hurt your feelings, mama”

she asks with genuine curiosity
and even though I know
she doesn’t mean it
I can’t help but flinch

so she runs after the words
bursting into tears
trying to gather them back

but I explain how words get swallowed
and land in the heart

and as I hold her in my arms
she grows quiet
stops crying
and then wonders out loud
why we didn’t invent
an alphabet with letters
whose edges
weren’t
so sharp.

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