Poetry Thursday: More music

You will
look better with
that 32″ waist
eating more
fresh fruits and vegetables
sleeping eight hours nightly
doing first things first
and getting many things done.

You might feel
and virtuous
and even gleeful
with squeaky-clean windows
and a clutter-free car
and a bright white sink
empty of contents

Your friends
and your family
and your clients
would love
a thoughtful note
with carefully chosen words
and a stamp
or the exact right perfect gift
arriving via brown-suited courier
in a timely fashion
to commemorate their special day
and your thoughtful reverence

There are a thousand
fine choices to make
at the end of a year
and the beginning of forever
any one of which will make
your lungs cleaner
your mind sharper
your wallet heavier
your pants smaller

But if you are among those of us
who step up to the buffet of possibilities
and fret over what to eat first
may I offer up this:

Your stomach
will rumble
for a thousand tasty morsels

But your heart
which asks for so little
and offers so much
will never say no
to more room

Nor your spirit
to more joy

Nor your soul
to more music

Put a tender close
to what came before
and trust
that if you create the space
and allow it to fill up with love
all the rest
will follow
for all the rest
of your days.


Image by theogeo via Flickr, used under a Creative Commons license.


  1. When we make the foundation of our actions love everything else becomes much easier. Weather it is love for our selves or love for others let it motivate your decisions to do right by all those in your life.

  2. Colleen, fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! I loved the line “Put a tender close
    to what came before” – what a wonderful way to gently clean up our hearts. You’re so right, it always a delightful surprise how much hearts can grow.

    Once again, this was a poem demanding a triple read. What a perfect way to close the year.

    Thank you for flinging your braid of wit, wisdom and wacky. So looking forward to your words in 2010.

  3. have been loving the Thursday poems…makes me wanna get back on my poetry steed…but first i need to do what you so eloquently stated at the end…”put a tender close.” because after the kind of year ’09 was for me, i really wanted to give that mofo a swift kick in the you-know-what as it exited. but it’s not just about clearing space, as you remind us…it’s about clearing it WITH and FOR love. beautiful.

  4. Thank you, all!

    @Marilyn – The steed is there for you whenever you’re ready, as you know. And yeah, I get the kicking thing. I think it’s one of the reasons “MORE ROOM” was so appealing as a central concept for the coming year (and more on “MORE ROOM” coming up!)

  5. Ok, I’m going to try to do this, but to “speak” using baseball vocabulary, but you got a HOME RUN with this poem, you got it out of the park, and I have to say, Thank you, because I think we are going to WIN the game. You give inspiration, and desire to be the best of ourselves.

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