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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

If zero died

It’s the middle of the night
and you are trying
to open my eyelids

I am too tired
to fend you off
with words
so I burrow my head
under the covers
like a dying bug

you are whispering
as if this makes
it better

mama mama

I continue to pretend
I am asleep
though you have now
also turned the lights on
a screaming brightness
like blowtorches to my eyes

mama mama
if zero died
would the other numbers
be sad

you ask me this
with your nose
touching mine

and I cannot decide
which hurts more
the choke of this exhaustion
or the weight
of so much love.

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