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I get so tired of the battle
of the struggle to keep juggling.

The poles, unsteady,
spinning plates-
always too many plates-

Some have crashed into a million pieces.

Still, others remain,
mine to keep spinning.

One day, by will or momentum,
they'll begin to spin on their own.

Then, I will sleep.

Elizabeth Maksymiuk

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The following comments are for "I Will Sleep"
by emaks

Elizabeth, I Will Sleep
Interesting title. I have one with exact same title.
Similarities, darkness. How easy it would be to give in, but a cowards way indeed. The strong do survive, just wondering how we do it......getting there one step at a time.

This is a poem I understand well. Well written, good to see you here Elizabeth,

( Posted by: Dareva [Member] On: January 29, 2006 )

Spinning- Dar and Rcallaci
Bob and Darlene, Thanks for reading and commenting.
Life is full of frustration and responsibility. Some days are harder than others and I know that I am not alone in the plight of eternal struggle, in fact, I have it easy compared to some. Mostly, I got to choose my "plates".
We must remember to count daily blessings to help us get through the muck and mire.
And a good stiff shot of Chivas doesn't hurt!

Hope you are both well.

( Posted by: emaks [Member] On: January 29, 2006 )

Spin on, starlit slumber
Demeter is right: there is zen here. But not, I think, at first... in your opening 'I get so tired', there is only plaintive humanity.

The spirit of the poem lies in the line 'by will or momentum' - it lies in the idea that your life will someday take on its own momentum (and its own will too? Or just the will with which you've patiently infused it?). Either way, the peace you'll finally gain as you watch your life spinning peacefully by through your personal cosmos, under your personal constellation of equably spinning stars... will, I imagine, be worth the wait. It's a beautiful idea, carefully written.

( Posted by: MobiusSoul [Member] On: February 1, 2006 )

Demeter, Lucie, Mobius, -Sleep
I find such strength in the graciousness my fellow poets show me. I am only a small spirit trying to get through. Thank you.
My spinning plates are minor compared to others who may not have the voice to share their terror.

I truly appreciate that some not only recognize the voice, but the blessings that I try to recognize.
Hope to be here more because I miss your blessings back at me. I hate being so otherly occupied! I read you though!

best to you my friends-

( Posted by: emaks [Member] On: February 8, 2006 )

Load of Balls

Saw this when first posted, left a rating, but had no time to leave my feelings on this at the time. Others have now added dimensions to this and echo my feelings, especially the spirituality in this .

However, I am an operations manager and have spent my life juggling numerous balls in the air, allowing non to fall intentionally, and working like hell to achieve the momentum neccesary to make things appear or actually run under their own momentum.

This to the extent that if things stopped I would be lost, I live in momentum and the idea that we are perfectly at peace when this universal balance is achieved is soul warming.

The way you have captured this in your poetry is superb, but adds a different dimension to the word 'sleep' for me.



( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: March 24, 2006 )

dont sleep , stand still and hold them , keep them out of crashing into pieces.. there are many plates in our life...we r not supposed to hold them all but in the same time, dont give up...

all the best

( Posted by: fairgrace [Member] On: April 23, 2006 )

Ivor, Hiba- Sleep
Ivor, first, thanks for rating. I didn't see it till I came back. Sounds to me from your job discription, and my knowledge of you through your writing, that you are very aware of keeping those plates spinning. Mine, I think, is slightly self-imposed, but that is role of mother, wife, friend. I often think that if I were some weak little thing there would be less expectation on me. But, I can't pretend to be a weak girl. My strong spirit is what allows those who need me, to know I will keep the plates going. I know you know from where I speak. Your strength of spirit comes through in all your writing, and especially in your consistent admonishment to "have fun"!
Hiba, I love the thought of just holding all those special plates close. If I were to wrap them in fine paper and put them away somewhere safe, I might be less tired, but they would never come to their full "spin" that way. You are such a beautiful soul, Hiba. Thanks for looking in on me.
Blessings to you both-

( Posted by: emaks [Member] On: April 23, 2006 )

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