Writing Exercise {a #Poem}

“Stretch” must be a biblical word, regardless of one’s age
(an extension, a straining) like a two-year-old
reaching on tiptoes towards her Father, not unlike
the discomfort of unfolding old bones and well-used knees,
joints so stiff they’ve forgotten how to bend.

I want to stress and press past the comfortable,
groan with the growing, the knowing that daily
I must reach, pushing back against all that stagnates and stifles
learn to lean, in, out, up, force myself to taste the hard that makes

me healthy like a spoonful of unwanted needful medicine,
and hold on, taut as elastic, grow with each reach,
a creature who craves comfort but who knows in the end
it’s creating I need. I need making.

I need my Maker.
So I flatten palms against wood,
face towards the carpet and breathe,
count 15 and slowly rise, praying for muscle memory
to travel past the limits of flesh and into my soul, where lazy lives,
snap me out of my haze, like a rubberband
rebounding from a l o o o n g pull.

I rise and rest at my desk, write the word “stretch”

in the Webster’s margin on the “S” page.

A fitting Biblical addition, I notice.
It’s right above the word “surrender.”

 

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7 thoughts on “Writing Exercise {a #Poem}

  1. Oh, Jean, 'a breath prayer' it is indeed. Thanks for your encouragement and stopping by.

  2. great reading. Stretch was my word a couple of years ago – a very alive word too. Interesting it is next to surrender in the dictionary. The phrase I need my Maker really resonated me – such a powerful breath prayer that can be for both of us. Thanks for sharing, Jody. love this writing

  3. Love the way words flow from your pen, Jody! Not only have you given us much to ponder, but the artful composition feeds the soul as well. How interesting that surrender should give way to stretch. I'm thinking we can't do one without the other.

  4. I like this..Ineed to stretch my very lazy bones myself in hopes that I might make them stronger. Visiting you from Though Provoking Thursday.

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