Keeping and Letting Go

By on Sep 12, 2011 in Poetry

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Let go of everything but the baby.
Keep what needs you; the rest will keep.

Let go of meaning, time, and money —
keep the soft currency of sleep.

Let go of jobs, hobbies and any
keepsakes with an expensive shape.

Let go of friends, ambitions, and worry.
Keep your left hand free to wipe.

Let go of music, museums, and history;
keeping her close is your only hope.

Let going wait until she’s ready —
keep disappointing the urge to grow up.


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Brad Buchanan's work has appeared in more than 160 journals worldwide, among them Canadian Literature, Fulcrum, Twentieth Century Literature, Grain and The journal of Modern Literature. His latest book of poems, entitled Swimming the Mirror: Poems for My Daughter, won a first prize in the 2009 Writer's Digest awards.