|The Tortoise and the Hare:|
A 19th-century illustration of La Fontaine's Fables by Jean Grandville
Two hours after returning from the sea,
my Tension races harder than ever,
and panicking, Mind competes against Heart—
as if either wins without the other.
My Spirit wants to shake some common sense
into its Siblings, but unable, starts
to laugh instead—until Mind, angry, stops
to breathe and lets its panting Heart catch up.
Mind bows. Why don’t you set the pace and I
will follow? Tension stamps its foot but no
one cares, and even Stress abandons it.
Defeated, Tension lays down and dies.
As they approach the day’s routines, the three
hold hands and reminisce about their break,
the ocean atmosphere and alternate
ways to work the chores before having fun.
Let’s not do anything that is not fun,
suggests Spirit. We must, says Mind, but Heart
says Let's try. And I am so relieved
my parts agree, that I show Stress the door.
Poem 11 for April
Note: All April poem-a-day poems are rough drafts awaiting revision.
Copyright © 2016 Susan L. Chast