SOLC Day 9: Low Energy, Short Slice

March 2023 SOLC–Day 9
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The e-mail popped up toward the end of Sexual Abuse Awareness training. It was from the executor who’s handling my step-mother’s estate. I looked around, then opened it and skimmed it surreptitiously. The date we’d discussed was good… There’s still a hold up on one item… The transfer is ongoing. ..He’s waiting to hear back about something else… My brother still hasn’t been in touch.

My brother still hasn’t been in touch.

Now that’s a concise summary of a novel of pain and aggravation.

I tapped out of the e-mail and returned my attention to the meeting, feeling my mood shift to unsettled. Yet again. Some days there just seem to be too many emotions. Too much juggling. Too much tired.

I got home later and tried to write my slice for today. (If I don’t write the night before, it’s just not pretty.) But, it really has been a long few days on the school front and on the home front. I’m worn out. In theory I had so many slice ideas. In reality, I had so little energy. So, this is what happened instead:

There once was a teacher so tired
she felt overwhelmed, uninspired
when it came time to slice
she tried once, twice and thrice
then she threw in the towel and retired*

*To clarify, I meant retired for the night not the other kind of retired, because while I know that some people might be able to retire soon, I am not one of them.

14 thoughts on “SOLC Day 9: Low Energy, Short Slice

  1. Oh I get it! The poem captures it, but so does the line about your brother and the reflection that follows it.

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  2. aggiekesler says:

    What a clever poem…and when you were tired! Well done for slicing. Sorry to hear that it’s been tough lately. Hope tomorrow is better!

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  3. cindaroo42 says:

    This is truly a slice of your day yesterday! Lots of things happening at once. I love you included the poem- I think the use of the word retired has a nice boom for the end- for both the literal and figurative meaning

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  4. lynnedorfman says:

    A delightful limerick – clever, fun! Please get some rest this weekend. We are dealing with estate issues – my husband is executir for his sister who passed suddenly in February at 66. A small estate and we have already covered costs for funeral, etc. But there are still many unresolved issues. I hope everything is quickly resolved for you and your family.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I’m so sorry to hear about your sister-in-law. All the estate issues are so convoluted. It feels like it’s difficult to get anything totally dealt with. Sort of like a hydra. Having a relative who is incommunicado adds a whole other layer.


  5. Greg&Linda says:

    These kinds of days and frustrations can just zap the energy right out of you. I get it – and I like the way you’ve described it in your slice. I hope things go better for you!

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  6. Amanda Potts says:

    “a concise summary of a novel of pain and aggravation” This, to me, captures nearly everything. And thank goodness for brains that think of limericks instead of something else. The one you wrote is an awful lot of fun for the end of a not so great day. Here’s hoping today was better – and the weekend looms.


  7. kd0602 says:

    Be sure to keep that 6 word memoir or Haiku in your back pocket for an upcoming low energy slice. I think this challenge is about exercising our writing practice AND remembering to take care of ourselves in the process. Please get some rest! You deserve it.


  8. Celia Fisher says:

    Oh my what a great slice considering all the angst that you were in the middle of together with so much busyness. Hoping things get sorted somehow.


    • Judith Mansour says:

      Give yourself a lot of grace. You don’t have to live up to anyone’s expectations but your own, which often exceed human capability. ❤️


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