Housework

things are gathering dust:

a mountain of must to sort,

slates to clean, a mean pile

of work to make this smooth

clock tick

 

but we have time, a garden art,

in these few hearts planting seeds

where the world’s wind will

snap no branch, let spirits

grow sky-straight

 

it’s not too late:

a touch of forbearance

at the end of the world

goes down cozy as coffee

and heartening as wine,

true-vine compassion

that forgives this mess

 

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18 thoughts on “Housework

  1. You’ve taught me a new word Jennifer – forbearance, I love both its sonority & meaning – your last stanza is just as toughtfull as beautiful –
    it’s not too late:
    a touch of forbearance
    at the end of the world…
    I love these lines… you’ve made my day! Have a nice week-end! 🙂
    PS
    I will write something with “forbearance”, and it will be thanks to you!

    “cozy as coffee
    and heartening as wine”
    so true!
    thanks for this very wise poem

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    1. Aw, thanks so much! I look forward to seeing what you are writing these days and will be on the lookout for something with “forbearance!”

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    1. Thanks for reading! I meant it to be metaphorical, at least in the middle stanza…I’m afraid the first stanza is a bit literal!

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    1. Thank you. Sometimes, the more I look at/work on a poem, the less sense it seems to make, or the farther it seems to get from my original intention. I tried to keep this one corralled, but wasn’t sure if it was hanging together.

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  2. Not sure this is intentional (It probably is.), but my favorite line is “the world’s wind will snap no branch” because it elicited a whirlwind and I took that to mean that the passing of time itself can’t hurt us. I took comfort in that.

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  3. I just want to say…this is awesome! I love the entire thing, but “mountain of must to sort” is resonating with me at the moment… Thanks for this poem that has so many levels!

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