Do This Now

by Esther Emery

1. Take out a piece of paper and a pen.

2. Make a list of ten things you enjoy doing.

3. Do one of them.

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I had an obvious pass on “hike in Zion National Park” and also (7+ months pregnant), a pretty good pass on “wear cute clothes.” But I didn’t have any excuse not to read poetry.  

Opening Anne Sexton’s Love Poems, I read “In Celebration of My Uterus.”  I have one of those. Here’s an excerpt:

Many women are singing together of this:
one is in a shoe factory cursing the machine,
one is at the aquarium tending a seal,
one is dull at the wheel of her Ford,
one is at the toll gate collecting,
one is tying the cord of a calf in Arizona,
one is straddling a cello in Russia,
one is shifting pots on the stove in Egypt,
one is painting her bedroom walls moon color,
one is dying but remembering a breakfast,
one is stretching on her mat in Thailand,
one is wiping the ass of her child,
one is staring out the window of a train
in the middle of Wyoming and one is
anywhere and some are everywhere and all
seem to be singing, although some can not
sing a note.

Deep sigh.

Total time expenditure (make list, do enjoyable activity, AND blog about it): less than 30 minutes.

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I wonder…among this nation of the overworked, especially considering anyone with a job, a kid or a Facebook page, and God bless the folks with all three…how often do we take the time to feed ourselves?

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