Written for:  Poets and Storytellers United
Weekly Scribblings #35:  The Joy of Rest  (posted by Rommy)
"Write about rest."

Rest for the body,
rest for the mind.
A recharging
to quiet tense muscles,
to slow the grind

-ing of teeth in your sleep.
the news can turn
your brain to mush,
anger rises like bile.
Anxiety prompts stomach to churn

and heartburn.  Give it a break.
Open a book with no violence,
meditate with eyes closed.
Sit beside a pebbled stream,
and know the sound of silence.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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14 Responses to Resting

  1. Jim says:

    The pebbled stream is most suited for resting. I need to do that soon. Be like the crane sitting by the stream hoping a fish will swim by. They are sooo patient.


  2. Ohhh, that sounds so enticing! Excellent reminders, thank you. And I like your rhyme scheme.


  3. Kestril Trueseeker says:

    I’ve been doing a lot of escaping into books too, though I didn’t realize the most recent one I grabbed was about a pandemic/ apocalypse (it had been in my to-read pile due to rave recommendations from friends of mine, well before COVID-19 hit). I think my next book will need to be something super fluffy or calming.


  4. Susie Clevenger says:

    I am resting through learning a new art form. It is really helping.


  5. Helen Dehner says:

    Beautifully composed … meditation has become less easy to manage as I muddle thru the pandemic. Stay well …


  6. Beverly Crawford says:

    Surprising stanza breaks in this lovely poem. Sitting by a pebbled stream appeals to me!


  7. Wonderful advice, Sara. I’m preparing to embrace the sound of silence as we venture into autumn. This a brilliant write!


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