Again I’m doubling up on prompts—I have Easter dinner to cook!
“…our prompt for the day (optional, as always!). Because we’re halfway through NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that reflects on the nature of being in the middle of something. The poem could be about being on a journey and stopping for a break, or the gap between something half-done and all-done. Half a loaf is supposedly better than none, but what’s the difference between half of a very large loaf and all of a very small one? Let your mind wander into the middle distance, betwixt the beginning of things and the end. Hopefully, you will find some poetry there!”
‘In the Middle’
Is where mettle is tried
Runner’s tough cinder track
Road blurred by tears, sweat;
Place of testing, discovery—whether
You’ve strength, will, faith, courage to
Stay long course, complete repeated tasks
Accomplish passion’s committed goal;
Have patience, grit for personal race,
Sustaining the dream—mirage-like, as yet
Without visible substance but
So real you savor, taste it
At mind-heart’s banquet table.
In the middle
Where you meet true self
Find what you’re made of
Marshmallow cream, or
Crackling gristle, bone of
And answer pivotal query within,
“Do you have it? If not,
Can you become it?”
For, many admirable souls
Are created, fired in furnace
Holy potter’s kiln—“the Middle”;
Finished, with lovely glaze a-shimmer!
Between birthing, dying
Is vast Middle’s meander
We’re immersed in
Meager and magnificent
Mundane and miraculous
And oft’ murky, muddled More.
Some days of “in between”
I fly, lifted aloft on Spirit’s silvered wings—
Sometimes the middle moments
Merely make me tired, cranky 🙂
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