|my sister-in-law captured the sunrise|
through a barn window....
my right-now best friend anxiety,
glad to have awakened me,
began bombarding me with questions -
what if hank misses the scholarship deadlines?
what if milk really goes to $7 a gallon?
what if we run out of money this month?
what if dad falls and no one knows it for hours?
why haven't you worked on lesson plans?
don't you have a game and a meeting on thursday?
how long will chris be gone to jamaica?
i tossed and turned and tried to mute
this harbinger of doom
by reciting bible verses
and in the light of day
i find this disconcerting
how can i not know a single bible verse in the dark night?
i sent myself a few text messages -
bible verses i can access in the
scary irrationality of the wee hours
in this world you will have trouble
but take heart!
i have overcome the world
it pierces the dark
so, what do you do with your middle-of-the-night irrationality?
continuing to count his gifts to 1000-
878. jack-built fire in the fireplace
879. nip in the air
880. it came upon a midnight clear
881. cadbury chocolate at christmas
882. hank's song for our family
883. a husband who calls me beautiful
884. new jacket for running that, when the hood is up, makes me look like an olympic speed skater
linking with -
michelle for hear it monday, use it on sunday, ann for 1000 gifts, emily for tuesdays unwrapped,