The Busyness of It All

NaPoWriMo 2020: Day 28

We all once
had regular
Constantly busy
running here and there
filling our hours
with activities
that sometimes
even allowed us
to feel useful.

But now
we’ve been told
we must sit alone,
draw a six-foot ring
around our single
allowing no one
to enter our

Breathing Space.

Some hyperventilate
at just the thought,
can’t conceive
of such a reality.
Greedily gasp
for air,
using it
to scream out fear
and anxiety,
anger and rage.
Exhausting any hope
that might have
been brewing
far out there
on the horizon.

While others clean house,
paint, draw, sew,
or dig in hard dirt
to start a garden.

But then, there are
the really foolish ones,
who sit to write poems.
Stringing words like colorful
beads on a delicate chain,
hoping only that
(perhaps just as foolish),
will lean in
to listen.

Elizabeth Crawford 4/28/2020

Notes: Image is a pen and ink repeat pattern doodle given a digital black background. It always puts me in mind of all the activities I’ve engaged in as I sought to feed my own Creative Fire.

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5 Responses to The Busyness of It All

  1. Marianne says:

    This is so true, and of course, I love your salute to the arts (Paint, draw, sew, garden. I consider all of these forms of artistic expression), especially the writers of poetry! That last stanza is powerful!


  2. Marianne says:

    PS: I meant to add, your image today is really gorgeous! One of my favorites.


  3. Sherry Marr says:

    Ah, I love that closing, it made me smile. Poetry is such an awesome outlet, keeps us feeling productive in these quiet days. I love your poem, Elizabeth.


  4. Great complitation of us.


  5. Irene says:

    Not really foolish I don’t think…haha..


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