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Isolated and Free (Day 10: Golden Shovel Poem)

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Today’s Prompt: Write a Golden Shovel Poem. Find a poem that speaks to you, use the words of that poem down the margin of your own poem, then write your poem around those words.

My poem is inspired by a poem by Reyna Biddy from her book A Psalm For Us. 

Isolated and Free

What was life like BEFORE
This pandemic thought PUTTING
Us in isolation might bring FORTH
Kindness? Are we to BLAME
Can we ACKNOWLEGE
Or consider THAT
Our collective hatred and ABUSE
Would have consequences? God DOESN’T
Like ugly, people ALWAYS
Say. But what may COME
FROM
Our solitude and shelter is AN
Embracing and gratitude of the beauty OUTSIDE
An unquenchable desire to discover our SOURCE
For peace and love. SOMETIMES
We need silence and stillness. WE
ABUSE
Others beyond repair but we abuse OURSELVES
To God’s despair. Go inward and examine yourself MENTALLY
Give your mind and soul an EMOTIONALLY
Uplifting message. Sing, dance and find a PHYSICALLY
Healing and strengthening practice. Rest assured, SPIRITUALLY
You are covered in God’s grace and mercy. Use your isolation to FREE
YOURSELF

 

Voices in the Darkness (Day 8: Inner Voices Poem)

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Voices in the Darkness

 

“I need to sleep or I won’t be any good today.”
They say when you can’t sleep, you should just get up and write
“Who said that?”
God is trying to get my attention and He has it at 2, 3, and 4 a.m
“But what does He want me to do if I am sleep deprived? That can’t be God.”
Maybe it’s Mommie trying to send me some signs from Heaven
“Surely she can see that I need to rest and sleep, slobber and snore.”
I’ve been giving too much attention to devices and distractions
“I should commit to meditating and yoga after my morning worship time.”
You can barely sit in a chair without getting stiff, imagine sitting on the floor
“I got that yoga mat for sitting on the floor, so it’ll be comfy.”
What yoga class will I try, I saved about 15 when I felt ambitious
“If I keep eating bacon with breakfast, I will need to jog not meditate.”
When did jogging become impossible, did I ever jog for fun
“Joggers get high when they run!”
Wine makes me high and I don’t have to move
“The article I read said that wine can interrupt my last hours of sleep each night.”
Pandemics and masks, gloves and deaths, my students without school, missing friends and family, listening to an idiot calling himself a leader, watching the numbers jump by the thousands, staying at home, remote teaching jokes, parents homeschooling nightmares, to zoom or not to zoom, staff meetings, virtual happy hour, throat tickles, cough, pray…
“Shhh, do I hear something outside? No one should be outside!”
It’s the neighbor coming home from graveyard shift so maybe I should be grateful and go back to sleep
“I hope she’s safe and well and knows she’s appreciated.”
Maybe I should get up and bake her some cookies