Day 3: Where to begin?

“And now for our (optional) prompt. This one is a bit complex, so I saved it for a Sunday. It’s a Spanish form called a “glosa” – literally a poem that glosses, or explains, or in some way responds to another poem. The idea is to take a quatrain from a poem that you like, and then write a four-stanza poem that explains or responds to each line of the quatrain, with each of the quatrain’s four lines in turn forming the last line of each stanza. Traditionally, each stanza has ten lines, but don’t feel obligated to hold yourself to that!”


“The witchery of living

is my whole conversation

with you my darlings.

All I can tell you is what I know.”

-Mary Oliver, “To begin with, sweet grass”

I sit at 90 degree angles most of my days
Breathing in shallow patterns
Oxygen does not visit my whole body
Knots tighten like highway congestion
At my shoulder blades and hips
I ache for touch
As I peer out my window
The parking lot empty and loud 
But alas that is 
The witchery of living 

How will my weekly meals pan out?
Will my brain silence for a moment?
What if I embarrass myself?
Could you rest your eyes from the screen?
What if I am accused of laziness?
What if you took a rest?
How can I be sure of anything?
Why not embrace the wind?
What if I do not wake?
Is my whole conversation 

With myself 
Inside loops of nonstop thoughts
Endless feeds
Constant buzzing, beeping, ringing 
Familiar chaos
Nostalgic itchings 
Addictive scratching 
The lock and key of ancestral chemical reactions 
With you my darlings

I begin to see it 
Surgical masks littered at the roots of ancient trees 
Evidence of life here and now
Airplanes roaring, gunshots firing, birds singing 
Carpeted floor, untouchable kindness 
Cold water against teeth meant for joy 
Burning popcorn, daffodils
All I can tell you is what I see, hear, touch
All I can tell you is what I taste and smell 
All I can tell you is what I know

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