Today (and yesterday and all the others)

Today is a busy day.

They all are.

Thus the silence and absence that should never be taken as a sign of apathy or slight. I still love you all.

It’s just that I’ve suddenly found myself teaching the research paper English class and have lots of students and they need lots of help and yes, the blog has been put on the back burner. My writing has been placed next to it. Let’s hope nothing burns up back there.

But I’m here. And busy. Today and yesterday and tomorrow too. Not forever, just for now.

Happy teachers day, teachers! In lieu of minor glimpses into my life, a Margaret Atwood poem:

You Begin
You begin this way:
this is your hand,
this is your eye,
that is a fish, blue and flat
on the paper, almost
the shape of an eye.
This is your mouth, this is an O
or a moon, whichever
you like. This is yellow.

Outside the window
is the rain, green
because it is summer, and beyond that
the trees and then the world,
which is round and has only
the colors of these nine crayons.

This is the world, which is fuller
and more difficult to learn than I have said.
You are right to smudge it that way
with the red and then
the orange: the world burns.

Once you have learned these words
you will learn that there are more
words than you can ever learn.
The word hand floats above your hand
like a small cloud over a lake.
The word hand anchors
your hand to this table,
your hand is a warm stone
I hold between two words.

This is your hand, these are my hands, this is the world,
which is round but not flat and has more colors
than we can see.

It begins, it has an end,
this is what you will
come back to, this is your hand.

One response to “Today (and yesterday and all the others)

  1. Makes me think of Zoe. Wishing her a speedy recovery from what ails her and glad she has a loving Mama to hold her tight.

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