Instructions for the Journey by Pat Schneider
"It’s easy to lose this tenderly / unfolding moment. Look for it / as if it were the first green blade / after a long winter."
The Art of Fugue Part VI by Jan Zwicky
"The patterns of your life / repeat themselves until you listen. / Forgive this."
You with the Crack Running Through You by Kim Addonizio
"But isn’t it drafty at night, / alone in that canyon / with the wind of the mind / dragging its debris—"
i am running into a new year by Lucille Clifton
"it will be hard to let go / of what i said to myself / about myself / when i was sixteen and / twenty-six and thirty-six / even thirty-six"
Prayer by Galway Kinnell
"Whatever happens. Whatever / what is is is what / I want."
I Ask Percy How I Should Live My Life by Mary Oliver
"Love, love, love, says Percy. / And hurry as fast as you can"
Affirmation by Donald Hall
"To grow old is to lose everything. / Aging, everybody knows it."