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  • April 13th, 2011 | 5:27 PM
Poem a Day #13

The concept of being here in the moment is easy to grasp. It's the action that keeps tripping me up. But I keep trying because I think the trying is where a lot of the learning is going on.

Poem a Day #13

Be here now
seems like such a little thing to do,
and yet a thousand times a day
my mind falls backward, like a car on a hill
when you forget to set brake,
and worries from the past
charge up to meet me.

Other times that crazy mind of mine
races forward, like a runaway horse,
for uncharted but always scary territory.

I think I'm finally
(okay, just beginning)
to understand that
be here now
is not a destination like a finished painting
or the completion of a manuscript,
it's a never-ending  journey
away from
back to
face-to-face with
not who I was
not who I am meant to be
but who I am
right now.

© 2011 Susan Taylor Brown. All rights reserved.
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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April 14th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
I know. It's all so crazy making. I want to get to where I can find myself but if I don't really feel lost, does that even matter?
April 14th, 2011 01:31 am (UTC)
Susan-your poem really speaks to me because I'm struggling with the same "be here now" thing. I especially like the lines:
is not a destination like a finished painting
or the completion of a manuscript,
it's a never-ending journey

Just wonderful!
April 14th, 2011 03:59 am (UTC)
Linda, I'm glad you're connecting with some of my thoughts. It's such a hard, hard thing to do, to be here now. Sigh. And we never really arrive...or maybe we just realize we've been there all along? It's so confusing.
April 14th, 2011 01:33 am (UTC)
oops! That last comment was from Linda. Sorry!
April 14th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
I love it, too.
Just for today, or for this hour, minute or second... That is one of the aims of my 12 step program, but hard to do...
It is not a destination but a one day, hour, minute, second process.
April 14th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
I agree, Patty. So hard to do. I feel like I am pulling my mind back every five minutes and then I feel like I'm a dummy because I don't "get" it like I am sure the rest of the world does.

April 14th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all your comments, Susan! I feel the same way -- a little disconnected this year -- kind of "poeming" all by myself. Life has conspired against me getting around to read lots of poems during the week. It's about all I can do to get my poem a day written and keep my classroom running! So I'll be back on Saturday morning early to follow your journey this week!
April 14th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome for the support, Mary Lee. I feel yours, even when you can't stay for a long visit. Not to worry.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

Susan Taylor Brown

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