This May, I’m committing myself to writing student-assigned topics. Some of them might be cut-and-dried, some of them might be bears. And some of them will reveal themselves in the writing.
Today’s assignment: Write a poem.
(I’m not going to lie. I may have juggled things today so I could use it as an excuse for poetry writing.)
On days when you are adrift
in the sea
but that horizon-perfect circle
you might catch
out of the corner of your eye
bobbing out there in the waves
with a timid bloom on top
and you wonder
what on earth
is a flower doing
way out here in the ocean
but you pick it anyway
and it gives you something to hold on to
in the middle of all this nothing
and then the current turns you around
and look there,
was it there before?
and how did i ever miss it?
and the more flowers you pick
the more flowers you find
and the more stems you gather
until you realize
you are not in the ocean at all
but standing, planted
in a garden
of your own creation.
This week was a doozie. I felt adrift in many directions.
And then a colleague brought me some cake. And friends, I know that food doesn’t solve problems. I know that cake doesn’t make everything better.
But it does make SOME things better, sometimes. And on that rough morning, those bites of sweetness were a simple reminder that the love we put into the world sometimes does, indeed, come back in our direction.
And then a former parent reached out to me to tell me what her grown-up kid was up to (once a lovey, always a lovey).
And then my irises, sent to me by my dad, emerged to bring me a yearly reminder of him.
And then I sat with some friends for bubble tea and validation.
And then someone thought of me at the grocery store.
And then I got to see reluctant third graders roll their pride into a ball and play puppets like no one was watching.
And all of a sudden, I had a whole bouquet of wonderful, right there in my hands. More than I can even count.
Strange, isn’t it, how life works.