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[Poetry Friday] David Malouf to Start The Year with Some Longing

"I'm writing this for you, wherever you are..." - David Malouf

Myra here.

Thank you to dear Tabatha Yeatts of The Opposite Of Indifference for hosting this week.


It has been months since I joined the Poetry Friday community, and I do miss it greatly. Life has been pretty frenzied as of recent, and I am sure everyone is simply struggling to survive the best way they know how.

Truth be told, poetry has not returned back to me yet. Once again, I attribute this to my incredibly hectic schedule that barely allows me to breathe. Poetry requires one to pause, consider, and stare at the marvel of the world, the intricacies of a leaf, or be still enough to let melody wash over one’s soul. I do come up for air every once in awhile, and still manage to read my novels and watch my fantasy series – yet poetry requires a different sensibility, a mindfulness that is all-embracing, and a quiet that allows joy to seep through. I was happy when this poem by David Malouf shared by a friend on social media tugged something in me, and I am hoping it reaches you too wherever you are in the world. Happy New Year, poetry-loving friends. I am glad to be among you today.

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).

8 comments on “[Poetry Friday] David Malouf to Start The Year with Some Longing

  1. Welcome back, Myra! Thanks for sharing Malouf’s intriguing poem. I’m glad it “tugged something” in you and brought you here today. 🙂

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  2. This poem broke my heart! So glad you shared it. Take care, time for poetry will return, maybe it’s simply time to read and take things in.

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  3. Nice to see you here, Myra! What a poem, a heartbreaker, but still a settled person in life. Would that all of us could find that feeling! Wishing you more poetry!

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  4. “Urgencies that boom under the pocket of a shirt” — wonderful. I like his surprising language. The poem is like an entire story in a small space.

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  5. maryleehahn

    Welcome back! I am struck by the part of the poem where the speaker invents new selves. That’s kind of the phase I’m in, these first few months of retirement. Who am I really? Who will I become now?

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  6. Myra, welcome back. It is wonderful to read your words about poetry. I am presenting virtually to a group of reading council teachers and would like to use your thoughts on poetry to open my presentation with your permission. Your words are lyrical so true. Thanks for the poem that tugged something in my heart too.

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  7. “One of those selves I had expected.” Perfect. This is a wonderful poem; thanks for sharing it. Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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