Poetry Month Day 30: Winding Down

All of the tasks about me are stacking up
I’ve made and abandoned my to-lists
there is email waiting, work to grade
and please don’t ask about laundry
or the comments and the posts
Oh, to inhale poem
And exhale relief
All I need are
the right words
but first –
sleep

Y’all, it’s been a long month. It’s been trying. I’ve been tested in ways new and old over the past weeks. I’ve been in the wrestling ring going different rounds with my idealism, my cynicism, with perfectionism and imposter syndrome. I’m glad and grateful I’ve given myself permission to write every day, to love what I write sometimes, and NOT love what I write sometimes.

Tomorrow, I’m making a shift from poetry. You’ll see verse, of course – I can’t escape my favorite genre for long. And I’ll still do my Sunday Sit-downs on race. But I *do* have a trick up my sleeve, and I’m excited to share it with you!

Stay tuned…

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5 Responses to “Poetry Month Day 30: Winding Down”

  1. Raivenne Says:

    Yes, I do understand the winding down. I was so happy to click “Publish” on that last poem I was near giddy. My to-do list of other writing projects grew in the interim and frankly I am exhausted at the thought of them on top of all else that needs done. A day or three before once more into the writing breach I say!

    Way to tease! Looking forward to see what’s up your creative sleeve.

    • Lainie Levin Says:

      Thanks! Now that I’ve revealed my project, I will say that my students were JUST as giddy that I am taking my next challenge on!

  2. Tim Gels Says:

    As Raivenne said, “Way to tease!”

  3. theapplesinmyorchard Says:

    Can’t wait to see what you do!

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