Something is Not from Nothing

 

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Something is Not from Nothing

 

if you don’t recite the poem

if you don’t sing the solo

if you don’t write the book

if you don’t give the speech

 

you don’t allow failure its opportunity

 

but instead

 

guarantee it

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“You can’t do something with nothing” Daphne Gray-Grant

poem by Lori Lipsky

photo credit: marcfischer/istockphoto

 

Heart Monitor

Heart Monitor

She used to sing all the time
every day, almost every hour

but I noticed I haven’t heard
her sing for quite a while.

She used to hum and whistle
sit at the piano, make it ring

but I noticed I haven't heard
her sing for quite a while.

I don’t see tears and she seems fine, but
she used to sing all the time,

and I noticed I haven't heard
her sing for quite a while.

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by Lori Lipsky