The Notebook

The small notebook languished
at the bottom of a dark drawer
its pages filled with
lists of vegetables, partial poems

Ingredients lists for salads and stews
long since cooked and eaten
but not necessarily forgotten

Poem bits inspired late at night
by verses careening through
the writer’s mind in wakefulness

Ideas for the next great
inspirational Christian bestseller
scribbled in haste at a stoplight

Prayers for loved ones
some long gone
others still in need of those
languishing prayers


The Tuesday Poetics prompt at dVerse Poets Pub today calls for writing a poem that includes one line from the poem Burning the Old Year by Naomi Shihab Nye. I was going to wait until tomorrow to write this so it could be my Lenten poem for tomorrow, but after reading Nye’s poem I couldn’t get this poem out of my head. I chose the line “lists of vegetables, partial poems.” So here it is, an extra for today.

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


27 Responses

  1. That bit about some who are still in need of our prayers…and the list being in the bottom of a drawer…too true! Your chosen line was one that I debated using, but I couldn’t find the right way to use it. You did brilliantly with it.

  2. Intriguing peek into your notebook, Linda – I wonder what all of our notebooks would look like. Maybe that could be an idea for a future prompt? It’s a glimpse into a mind, heart and life, isn’t it?

  3. I am glad you wrote an extra poem for today, Linda; and you may be the ONLY poet who chose that particular line. And, yes, so many ideas go through one’s mind. And indeed so many prayers!

  4. When a poem hits you, it will haunt you till you sit with it. I’m glad you did. You can always read others later. I think we are both on Pacific Time so we usually are behind everyone anyway.

    • Thanks. I haven’t had time to read yet. I shouldn’t have even taken work time to write this, but it wouldn’t let me concentrate on what needed to get done today. I’m looking forward to seeing what others have written.

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