How to Write a Poem When There is So Much Else To Do

Laundry, for instance. There is never a day

without laundry.  I am

am a person with piles and piles.

Other people don’t have them. Piles could possibly require

attention.  We frequently run out of milk.  There are

continual emails asking for help

I could spent an entire day sending $3 to candidates.

Every single day  a demonstration,  reason to be

in the streets.  Immigration yesterday.

Climate change tonight.

And I am actually working too.

What about the thousands of new

tv shows series podcasts? The book I’m trying to read?

What about meeting a friend for a drink? And then,

what happened to my poem?


Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. Good one. I wondered why you didn’t respond to my invitation to coffee last week. Now I know. You were writing a poem.

  2. OMG, Esther!
    This is my life, my poem
    I have not had the time to write. . .
    for these very reasons. Thanks.
    And. . .gotta go. . .xo

  3. I tried to just say “yes” because this is such a true poem, but that was rejected as too short a comment. So, I’ll say, “Yes, yes, yes!!!!” and thank you.

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