Poem

Dear world,

You break my heart and build
it back up daily. There are so many
times when I feel like I can hardly keep up
with your spinnings and
ups and downs and
loop-
de-
loops.
I turn on the news –
heartbreak.
Lives lost
without cause, our earth growing too
warm, more lives lost
without cause, more lies more

and more words that spew vile hatred into the air.
It hurts my heart.

And then, with rhythmic precision, like
the downbeat of a note or the tide pulling
back into shore, you share sunlight in my kitchen or
a smile on the subway or a human being who
stands up for something and others step up with her.

I have so many questions for you.
They do not get easier to answer with age.

I wonder always how to move through this world with
wonder and with fire and with grace. I wonder
always how to be the one that steps up.
Dear world —

you break my heart and build it back up daily.

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7 comments

  1. I really enjoyed your poem. I especially love the first section
    “You break my heart and build
    it back up daily. There are so many
    times when I feel like I can hardly keep up
    with your spinnings and
    ups and downs and
    loop-
    de-
    loops.”
    Beautiful.

  2. There’s freedom in the lines of poetry that isn’t found in sentences. Poetry serve you well in expressing your thoughts.

  3. I love this poem. It really touched me, and made your thoughts and feelings so clear. I need to go back to writing poetry regularly. I think you’ve inspired me to give that a try for tomorrow’s slice.

  4. You’ve captured what so many of us feel so beautifully in this poem. ”
    And then, with rhythmic precision, …
    you share sunlight in my kitchen or
    a smile on the subway or a human being who
    stands up for something and others step up with her.”
    Oh, that each of us could be that human being moving “…through this world with
    wonder and with fire and with grace.”
    Thanks for your beautiful language in this letter to the world.

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