Monday, December 24, 2012

All You Need To Be

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You do not have to be Superwoman
You do not have to leap tall buildings
with a single bound
You only have to get through
this one intricately challenging
and slightly preposterous day
with as much grace and humor as possible
Tell me how hard it is,
to just keep going
and I will hear you
Meanwhile the myriad galaxies spin
in their mystical and so mysterious orbits
across a midnight sky bejeweled with diamonds
Meanwhile the generous sun comes up each morning
offering a brand new day for trying
Meanwhile all beings in the cosmos
arise and go about their single day of solitary living
Whoever, you are, whatever your state of being,
the world awaits your constant co-creation -
issues you a blank canvas that cries out for
all the vibrant colors of your day,
you the living paintbrush, to draw forth
all your fire and fortitude and passion
and your deep, sweet peacefulness
at resting in the life that is oh so sweetly
and familiarly

.....from the archives, kids, given the day is busy. I wrote this back in 2003. It is an exercise by which one takes a favorite poem by a well known poet (in this case it was Wild Geese by Mary Oliver) and substitutes one's own words to that same format, thus creating a poem of one's own.


  1. Very nice, Sherry! Each day IS a new canvas....and it is our responsibility to create ourselves a GOOD day, even amidst all the busy-ness of a season such as this when there are so many expectations........

    Hope you find joy this Christmas Eve Day!

  2. sometimes more than slightly A vision of strength and humility in a world that can often times seem inordinately silly. Great writing and Merry Christmas Sherry!!!

  3. Yes, a hundred times yes!
    Right now, this moment, can be perfect. Make it so, and then move on to the next. You are an ever-giving presence for me, Sherry. I cannot tell you How blessed I feel to enjoy this wondrous connection. Lovingly~

  4. "You only have to get through
    this one intricately challenging
    and slightly preposterous day
    with as much grace and humor as possible"

    yes, yes, yes! just this one... tomorrow will or won't come... but today we have today:-)

  5. Oh, the generous sun.. indeed.. we are given days and so many slip by unnoticed. We should make them count more.

    Have a very merry Christmas, Sherry.

  6. Refreshing take on the day. Common sense prevails, even 8 years later :-)

  7. I love that the day is a blank canvas ready with the possibility of myriads of colors--beautiful write---and so appropriate for today

  8. What a great thought and a thankful way to start each day. Happy holidays to you.

  9. I love this one! I will read it again...yes, every day is another blank canvas to fill~
    Beautiful Sherry! I am so happy you shared this~
    Merry Christmas :D


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