I’m back with a poem in my pocket!
What am I carrying? “The Sacred” by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Stephen Dunn. The poem speaks plainly and authentically about an everyday occurrence in which we (can) find a small, sacred moment of freedom.
After the teacher asked if anyone had
a sacred place
and the students fidgeted and shrank
in their chairs, the most serious of them all
said it was his car,
being in it alone, his tape deck playing
things he’d chosen, and others knew the truth
had been spoken
and began speaking about their rooms,
their hiding places, but the car kept coming up,
the car in motion,
music filling it, and sometimes one other person
who understood the bright altar of the dashboard
and how far away
a car could take him from the need
to speak, or to answer, the key
in having a key
and putting it in, and going.
Life gets so busy, so complicated, so crazy at times that I look forward to those small moments in the car alone with my thoughts, my music, my podcasts. One of my colleagues gets in her car and drives to a parking lot to get work done. I get it. That cramped space with windows “uncurtained” is the perfect hiding place from the world.
Did you share a poem on your blog today? Be sure to drop your link in the “Comments” section below.
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I didn’t put a poem on my blog, so I’m cheating, but if you don’t know this guy’s poetry–well, I figure it’s worth cheating to introduce you to him: https://robertokaji.com/2021/04/26/driving-without-radio-3/
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Yes!!! I follow him!!! I love his work! I even “liked” this one. 😀
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And you know, that’s a good idea. Next year, I’ll share a poets I “discovered” via their blogs. Let’s hope I remember. You might have to remind me. 😀
a terrific poem; love it; thanks 🙂
Thank you for sharing!!… 🙂
Until we meet again..
May the love that you give
Always return to you,
That family and friends are many
And always remain true,
May your mind only know peace
No suffering or strife,
May your spirit only know love and happiness
On your journey through life.
(Larry “Dutch” Woller)
Gosh! I feel the same about my car and my few moments of alone time wrapped in my room, when I can amidst a lockdown situation.
I am loving all the poems you are sharing with us lovingly Chandra. Opens many a doors.
Hugs. be well.
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I love that! It rings so true for me when I think about the way I unwind and loosen up when I am in my car alone. Thanks for sharing that!