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© by Maya Stein

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

what we hold
























family recipes
directions
favorite t-shirts shriveling at the sleeves
we hold prayers, small, slippery beads of hope
we hold desire, impromptu, irrational, whole
as a mountain
we hold entire catalogs of memory
forests of unmistakable want,
wide plains of wisdom.
we hold toothbrushes
hands
open doors
we hold our tension in the limbo of our lower back
we hold promises
secrets
deep pockets of potential
we hold our keys
our gaze
our breath
we hold the necessary baggage
we hold our balance
we hold our ground
we hold our eyes wide open
we are holding everything we can

3 comments:

Jonah said...

Well done. Do we keep our lives on hold?

Anonymous said...

Yes, Jonah, we sometimes do.

Maya, you are right; we often have to remember to not hold our breaths.

-rd

GailNHB said...

Maya, I loved the piece called Try Something else. I needed that today, this week: don't keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. So go ahead and try something new. I will try a few on your list and make up a list of my own.

Question: have you changed the format of your blog so that comments aren't permitted on the newest posts?
Planning new stuff, Gail