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First Monday of Summer

Sharing a Poem . . . and Something More

A poem . . . on a beautiful day in a week that's been full of beautiful days!



When Life Seems a To-Do List
Marjorie Saiser

When the squares of the week fill
with musts and shoulds,

when I swim in the heaviness of it,
the headlines, the fear and hate,

then with luck, something like a slice of moon
will arrive clean as bone

and beside it on that dark slate
a star will lodge near the cusp

and with luck I will have you
to see it with, the two of us,

fools stepping out the backdoor
in our pajamas.

Is that Venus? -- I think so -- Let's
call it Venus, cuddling up to the moon

and there are stars further away
sending out rays that will not

reach us in our lifetimes
but we are choosing, before the chaos

starts up again,
to stand in this particular light.


My best wishes to all of you . . . for a weekend filled with peace and solace, time to rest -- and things that bring you joy. (And maybe some poetry, too.)


Today's poem was published in The Woman in the Moon, by Marjorie Saiser, 2018, The Backwaters Press.  Information about the poet can be found here


The Something More. If you're looking for a meaningful way to observe Juneteenth today, check out this special collection of historical photographs, poems, and articles from The New York Times. And if you're just looking for a good explanation of Juneteenth (how it came to be and why it's particularly relevant now), here's a good article from Vox.