Trying On The New Year 2009

by Joanne Kyger

You have to give Everything you have
not just some of the time
Put everything you have into it
and then go outside and rest

It’s fear or pain that drive one to quit
those tiresome addictions

and this so called ‘strength’
of character is supposed
to bloom
like a lotus in the muddy footprints
of the past

A sick feeling
that the boredom of repetition
might be over.

It’s three o’clock