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WHY I WRITE A POEM A DAY

In January of 2011, I pledged to write a poem every day that year to train myself to slow down and observe the world around me. What was meant to be a one-year experiment threaded its way into my being. Try it yourself. You will experience a sweetness you will wonder how you did without.

TODAY’S POEM

Ten hugs a day

My husband and I haven’t spent this much time together
since we backpacked around India
before the kids were born

but this moment in time has none
of the careless wandering of that trip

if you observed us from way up high
we might be mistaken for a large kind of ant
darting and carrying and checking in briefly
before moving on efficiently to the next crumb

so when my husband surprised me at dinner
by announcing a goal for us to hug ten times a day
and he named our daughter Captain of Hugs
her job to record each hug with a careful checkmark
and remind us both if we were falling short
I decided it probably broke a world record for most romantic things

and later it made me wonder if those ants
aren’t sneaking in kisses
more often than we think.

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