OctPoWriMo Day 14: One Wild and Precious Life

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Hello, and welcome to OctPoWriMo, Day Fourteen!

What’s OctPoWriMo, you ask? Well, it’s a whole month of poetic creation – 31 poems in 31 days. It’s the creative baby of Morgan Dragonwillow and Julie Jordan Scott.

This year, I intend to follow all the prompts, and get the joy of discovery…

I hope you’ll stop by, settle in, and find a little bit of magic here!

Today’s prompt was to write a poem based on a quote from another poem. There were ten choices, but it was the first that instantly sparked an idea – an idea then fed by my ten year old daughter, although she didn’t intend to help create my poem.

At 3:30am, she brought me the note below (when kids don’t go to school, they tend to sleep when tired and wake when rested). In case it’s hard to read her developing writing, she was asking me to take a light-night walk with her on our quiet country road.

I went. We took the dog, walking and chatting in the dark, soaking up mid-autumn air, peace, and connection. Then she and her brother went with the dog, and then her brother, thirteen, went alone.

We might live a very different life. I did, as a child – I was at the tempestuous mercy of the adults in my life – 3:30am walks just because were not part of that life. Ever.

So, here’s my quote:

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?”

Mary Oliver

Here’s, the note Annalise wrote, which is a precious treasure to me, and which inspired today’s poem:

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One Wild and Precious Life

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?”

Well, I really do not have a plan –

Or, if I do

It’s the plan to simply live

To open myself wide to

This breath

And the next

And the next

And the one after that.

To open my soul to

My beloveds

This breath

And the next

And the next

And the one after that.

To be just where I am

This breath

And the next

And the next

And the one after that.

To free my voice

To laughter

In this breath

And the next

And the next

And the one after that

To be a peaceful spirit

In this world

In this breath

And the next

And the next

And the one after that.

To seek needed healing

And regain my strength

In this breath

And the next

And the next

And the one after that.

To learn and grow and be

Wholly alive

In this breath

And the next

And the next

And the one after that.

To embrace wonder and joy

Resonate with them

In this breath

And the next

And the next

And the one after that.

To be, simply, purely be

Just who I am

In this breath

And the next

And the next

And the one after that.

Is it a plan?

Yes, maybe so.

It is my plan for

What to do

With my one

-only one! –

Wild and

Precious

Life.

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6 comments

    • I’ve read the poem this quote is from. I’m thinking I’m going to look for more – maybe over the long New York winter…

      I used to be a very different type of mother, and, although I loved my kids, life was tense too much of the time.

      Since none of us is perfect, there’s still tension, sometimes, with four strong-willed people sharing one small house…

      But it’s a different, easier, type of tension, and we’ve learned lots of ways to move through it and find peace again.

      Two years ago,more or less, Annalise didn’t read. To see this letter, to know she figured out how to write something so complex, when she’s never had a reading or writing lesson in her life- that’s proof to me that honoring her wild and precious life, and her own natural development, is the right choice for her- and for me, too!

      I’ve always felt a deep resonance in this quote…. ❤

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