(210) Questions Before Dark

Today on A Year of Being Here website, this was the poem of the day:

Questions Before Dark

by Jeanne Lohman

Day ends, and before sleep
when the sky dies down, consider
your altered state: has this day
changed you? Are the corners
sharper or rounded off? Did you
live with death? Make decisions
that quieted? Find one clear word
that fit? At the sun’s midpoint
did you notice a pitch of absence,
bewilderment that invites
the possible? What did you learn
from things you dropped and picked up
and dropped again? Did you set a straw
parallel to the river, let the flow
carry you downstream?

Lovely, isn’t it?  My first thought was how much I liked the poem. My second thought was, hmmm, this begs to be a mentor poem. And because I am just in the best mood these days, I decided to add some humor.  Here is my version of “Questions Before Dark.”  I’d love to hear yours!

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Questions Before Dark

by Helen Sadler

Day ends, and before sleep

when the sky dies down, consider

your altered state: has this day

changed you? Did you drink more

or less wine? Did you kill a bug

in the bathroom? Make decisions

that pissed someone off? Find one

clear word that summed up the latest

 meeting? At sun’s midpoint, did you

notice that nothing on your to-do list

was done yet? What did you learn from

things you dropped on the kitchen floor

while cooking dinner? Did you remember

to iron your blouse for tomorrow?

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