Random thoughts from an animal-loving French prof / mom of three on things she finds beautiful, funny, sad, or strange.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

"Questions Before Dark"

This poem is by Jeanne Lohmann. I keep it close to me, on the bulletin board at work, at my writing desk, and even in the journal that occupies my night stand. When you read it, I think you will see why. I don't want to ruin it by explaining it any more than that.

Questions Before Dark

                                      Day ends, and before sleep
                                      when the sky dies down, consider
                                      your altered state: has this day
                                      changed you? Are the corners
                                      sharper or rounded off? Did you
                                      live with death? Make decisions
                                      that quieted? Find one clear word
                                      that fit? At the sun's midpoint
                                      did you notice a pitch of absence,
                                      bewilderment that invites
                                      the possible? What did you learn
                                      from things you dropped and picked up
                                      and dropped again? Did you set a straw
                                      parallel to the river, let the flow
                                      carry you down stream?

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