In celebration of National Poetry Month, I am inviting several poet friends to join me in my daily endeavor of paying poetic attention to the world. This week I am sharing the practice with my dear friend Maya Stein, poet of The Creativity Caravan. Maya is one of the most generous writers/teachers/humans I know. Follow her on Instagram at @mayastein, and check out her #100day project for daily doses of wit and inspiration.


let’s talk about circles:
why we love them in our eyes,
how we let them take us
the whole way around the verse
and back to the chorus again.
how we listen, want to learn the words,
how we long to pull up a chair,
sit at that table
with its butter and honey,
its bowl full of biscuits.
its ring of mismatched coffee cups.
that get lifted one by one
to the sweet round faces
of the people we love.

photo and poem by katherine ferrier ©2017


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There is no need
to rearrange the furniture,
though the chaos may distract
and you will find good reasons
to keep things in the constancy
of upheaval in the name of change.
Are you dizzy yet?
How fast does the record have to spin?
How many times will you leap
from your own stillness
before the weight of your escaping
bears down?

photo and poem by Maya Stein ©2017


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