Saturday, December 07, 2019

Poetry Friday -- Advice


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Be kind to yourself. 
Empty your bucket and then... 
be kind to yourself.

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2019


"Never be afraid 
of showing someone you love 
a draft of yourself."

(from the author's note in EVERYONE BRAVE IS FORGIVEN by Chris Cleave)


I'm sure I'm not the only one whose bucket is or has been empty. These #haikuforkindness are a reminder that we need to take care of ourselves. There can be no #haikuforjustice if we don't put the oxygen mask on ourselves first.

 
Tanita has the Poetry Friday roundup at [fiction, instead of lies].


12 comments:

  1. The words we should keep close, Mary Lee. Thanks for reminding with your poems.

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  2. Four words we need to remember in this season of busyness - "be kind to yourself." And your post reminds me that I want to read Everyone Brave is Forgiven. Requesting it now.

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  3. Thanks for the reminder about being kind to ourselves. Certainly if we want to be at our best to help others, we need to make sure we're up to it.

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  4. I like that little turn. "Empty your bucket, then... be kind to yourself." No more instructions.

    I also will hold close the idea of being a DRAFT of myself. A writer learns to be kind about drafts, knowing one must write them to get through to the final version of a story... we are all in draft form. Profoundly.

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  5. This is what I ask loved ones in grief to consider...being kind to themselves. It's not what we do first. Your haiku is a beautiful reminder to all of us. Thank you.

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  6. Yes, I like "empty your bucket too" for there may be layers in there waiting to be cleared…thanks for this poem and all the lovely paint buckets Mary Lee!

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  7. Love your post, Mary Lee. The "draft" concept is something for me to tuck away.
    Buckets are something that come up a lot in our house (because of chronic illness). My daughter has to keep an eye on her bucket. It can be darn hard to empty it out.

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  8. Thank you for the wise and timely reminder.

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  9. I think I need to tattoo this one on my arm, Mary Lee...

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  10. So true, Mary Lee. So why is it so hard to do???

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  11. The week has whisked by and I need your reminder to be kind to myself. Love that poem because in a few words it says so much. Thank you, Marly Lee.

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