Loading...
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

Memories of grocery shopping

I grocery shop alone now, of course
no point in sharing the risk

I know people who hate grocery shopping
but I’ve always loved it
a quiet little holiday from the complexity of life

but lately I have been missing my daughter
who sometimes joined me after much begging

the way she always makes me buy too many apples
because she doesn’t want to hurt
the other ones feelings

how we always share a walnut bun as we shop

and how she asks the best questions
of items on shelves
like that one time when I picked up a dish soap
that was described as having a fresh air scent

why don’t we just open the windows, mama

which made me laugh long after we got home
as I tried to find a bowl big enough for so many apples.

MOST RECENT POEMS

FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM @BENTLILY

BENTLILY IN THE PRESS

“Samantha Reynolds defines poetry.”

Oprah magazine

“Transformative.”

MariaShriver.com

“A magic seed catalogue for the soul.”

Danielle LaPorte

NEVER MISS A POEM

Get a batch of my latest poems delivered to your inbox once a week.