Written for: dVerse Poets, “A nod to Rilke”
Find something that is really You and like Rilke said:
“write about what your everyday life offers you; describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty Describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember.”
Getting out of bed upon first awakening
is often a battle between my brain,
where logic rules, and that inexplicable
feeling of dread and sadness.
I will myself into the day with routine
daily tasks–feeding the dogs, putting away
the dishes, and pouring my first cup
of magic brew, commonly called coffee.
On the way to the market, I take note
of the variety of trees, and hues
of flowers, yet their beauty is not
The cashier is looking glum.
Spontaneously, I say something silly–
sarcastic–but silly. She starts
laughing. I smile, and when I leave
I feel that smile, remember the sound
of her laugh.