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HOMEPAGE2020-04-07T00:09:25-04:00

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

When it comes out on Netflix

I keep thinking surely we can binge watch this
and get to the end
to see how it all works out

but instead we must move through
the steady drip of minutes

freezing our shopping bags
calling our mothers
checking then not checking the news

and when the series does come out
that gritty soundtrack
all those dramatic scenes smashed together

will we eventually remember it that way too
cuddling up for the scary parts
wondering how we did it.

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