some alternatives to keeping up

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stop

for a moment or a few moments

walk

to the forest
that is waning or filling up
depending on your eyes

feel

the warm air on your face

trust

that this stillness is the embryo
of all movement

if you are longing for a dance
partner

reach

with your arms and move your legs
through space
in the direction of a room

with wood floors and big speakers
broadcasting silence
or rhythm

sway

like a bare branch

fall

like the leaves that just yesterday
glowed

don’t be too careful with your wishes
or wait for the eyelash
the star
the copper penny in a fountain

toss

them freely to the still-there sky
then let them come back
as rain or some unforeseen blessing

watch

the light come uncaged

remember

how lucky it is to be free
in a the ways you are already free

when it feels good
to be happy

count

to twenty

stay

with that bounty
be it bottomless or boundaried

smile

no matter the current conditions

let

labor begin when it will

pause

before you punish yourself
for some ancient deed

plant

seeds in the darkening days

work

while you wait to see what grows
beneath your worn boots
and expert heart

lift

a handful of dried leaves
to your face

bury

yourself in the gifts of this time

emerge

once again to the next thing
and the next

remember

how holy it is that you’re even alive

**

What If You Knew, a two-week online writing group, starts December 1. You will be warmly encouraged to show up, not keep up. Read more and sign up

4 thoughts on “some alternatives to keeping up

  1. gailnhb says:

    Beautiful, Jena. Truly breath-taking. Thank you for this. I hope you don’t mind that I quoted a couple of lines in my latest blog. I gave you credit, of course, and linked back here. Your words inspire me very often. I hope and pray that you and yours are all well.

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