In the Middle (Sometimes Cranky) NaPoWriMo ’17, Day 15

Again I’m doubling up on prompts—I have Easter dinner to cook!

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/cranky/

http://www.napowrimo.net/day-fifteen-3/

“…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

Character’s spine—

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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