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[Poetry Friday] “What If You Knew You’d Be The Last To Touch Someone?”

... what would you do?

Myra here.

Thank you to Margaret at Reflections On The Teche for hosting this week.

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I chanced upon this poem on my social media as shared by one of my poet friends. Recently, I have been noticing that poetry does not have as much power over me as it did before. I think this may be because life has been consuming me ever so thoroughly with what ought to be done: daily routines, emails to answer, documents to sign, deadlines to meet, etcetera. Poetry is that one thing that allows me to just be still and breathe. And so, when a poem stirs something in me, I pay attention.

I hope If You Knew by Ellen Bass stirs something in you too.

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

9 comments on “[Poetry Friday] “What If You Knew You’d Be The Last To Touch Someone?”

  1. Hi Myra, who his soaked in honey! Thank you for this poem. Interesting, your observation about how poetry isn’t affecting you as much as in the past. I like to think of poetry as a relationship, and by nature there are ups and downs…and also perhaps we become more discerning readers over time, demanding more from the experience? Thank you for sharing your poetry life with us. xo

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  2. I too resonated with your comment about poetry not affecting you as much as in the past. I think sometimes we’re so busy holding everything in place we don’t have time (or ability) to slow and soften enough to let the poems settle and dwell.

    So much to think about in this poem.

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  3. Completely Full Bookshelf

    Wow—this is such an impactful poem! It definitely makes you think about the fragility of life, and it’s impressively short for so much impact. Thank you for sharing this poem!

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  4. kareneastlund4898

    Stunning poem! My brother, 92, in hospital at the moment… this poem makes me stop and think also… Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Denise Krebs

    It’s good to have you back today, Myra. It is a beautiful poem, and the thought is an important one. Blessings to you this week.

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  6. margaretsmn

    My husband tells me he reads too fast for poetry. It does require one to slow down a bit to taste it. I’ve found great comfort in Poetry Unbound podcast from On Being. This is an amazing poem from Ellen Bass that hits the gut, especially after I cursed out another driver today. When will we ever learn to respect each other?

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  7. maryleehahn

    Talk about a poem to slow me down and make me think! “I don’t remember / they’re going to die” and “pinned against time.” Wow.

    I think I first met Ellen Bass on Tracy Smith’s podcast (oh how I miss it!) The Slowdown. I love her even more, now. I need to find more of her poems.

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  8. Thanks, Myra, for this gift of a poem. I know I like Ellen Bass’s work…I guess I better go find more! That last stanza…

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