by Philip Terman
Some days you have to turn off the news
and listen to the bird or truck
or the neighbor screaming out her life.
You have to close all the books and open
all the windows so that whatever swirls
inside can leave and whatever flutters
against the glass can enter. Some days
you have to unplug the phone and step
out to the porch and rock all afternoon
and allow the sun to tell you what to do.
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I woke feeling pulled in two directions this morning. I yearn to linger in the joys of schedule-free summer days, yet I feel the advent of the school year pulling me toward my classroom, planning, etc. I also feel the weight of those remaining items on that lengthy “To Be Done Over the Summer” list.
Some days, I think, you have to step away from it all and simply read poetry. If you’d like to do so as well, click on the link to head over to the fantastic blog, Reflections on the Teche, where Margaret Simon is hosting this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup.