Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Great Expectations

Why do you worry
And pick at your finger.
Stop.
Put your hands down
And put them to the keyboard.

Take the load off your shoulders.
Set it down next to you.
Take a look at it,
Assess its mess
Of guilt, expectation, and shame.
Leave it there
To melt into the floor
And walk away.

You will start by walking
Then jogging
And running
With no expectation for how long,
And why can’t I go further?

This moment does not need to be
Perfect.
This moment
Exists for you.
And you can push the breath
Out of your body –
Feel your shoulders relieve
Down.

You will give to yourself
The love that is reserved for others.
Let your heart pour out.
Into your own body
And own the feeling it gives you.
Whatever it is - sadness, loss, joy, or hope -
It will run its course
Through your veins.
And you will still be the same.

A woman,
With hope for healing.

24 comments:

Missy @ Wonder, Friend said...

Perfect! I can't pick a favorite line, but I really liked this:

Take the load off your shoulders.
Set it down next to you.
Take a look at it,
Assess its mess

abkeuser said...

Beautiful! And so calming. It's honestly something I needed right now. Thank you!

Clipped Wings said...

So beautiful.

Mommyfriend Lori said...

You have some mad skills, that was amazing.

kathryn said...

Oh, honey. This was beautiful.

You still sound like you're dealing with way too much stress, though...

Debbie said...

That was incredible. I loved it.

Lacie @ Creative Attempts said...

I read this three times you are so talented

tinahead81 said...

seriously...teary over here. i needed that, thank you.

jazzygal said...

I feel mellow after reading this..... thank you :-)
And well done.

I particularly like letting it melt into the floor... and walk away. I can visualise that.

xx Jazzy

Katie said...

Beautiful.

"You will give to yourself the love that is reserved for others"

Isn't this the truth.

Oddyoddyo13 said...

This was so beautiful...sort of sad though. Are you okay?

Have a good day.

Glen said...

nice work :-)

Pearl said...

I should have that embroidered on a pillow...

Pearl

Annette said...

Beautifully said. This moment does exist for us, and it doesn't need to be PERFECT. Thank you for this. I feel the burdens lifted away already.

Ca88andra said...

Beautiful and very well written! Well done!

TV's Take said...

Kristy, what a beautiful poem. BTW how did your test results come out?

The Local Cook said...

Beautiful! I needed this today.

Florida Girl Meets the Midwest said...

What a great mantra: This moment does not need to be perfect.

theresa said...

This part stood out to me:
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With no expectation for how long,
And why can’t I go further?

This moment does not need to be
Perfect.
This moment
Exists for you.

Elle said...

Incredible writing! I really admire your talent.

Style Maniac said...

Wonderful--and just what I needed this week. I have a hard time getting something out of my head. Otherwise known as obsessing. I love your image of taking it off my shoulders (where all my stress goes) and setting it down beside me. Gonna try that.

LambAround said...

That a beautiful, albeit kinda solemn, poem! You're very talented :)

Rudo Nyangulu said...

Beautiful...

Rebekah C said...

LOVE it. Beautiful.