Literary Hook: Poem: ‘Just For Today’

Christine Swanberg

By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet

The poems of Cleo Johnson speak to every one of us. That is their strength. She uses concise language and style to make her poem and speaks for all of us.

Cleo Johnson is a member of Wednesday Writers and Womanspace. She’s a retired teacher, mom, grandma and world traveler. Though she is reticent about her writing, I think she has much to say, and I know you will, too.

Just For Today

For just one day:

Let my mind wander to places so pure

That the wind roams freely

The flowers stand still

The sounds of the creatures

Rustling are unnoticed and unaffected

By the sounds of storms far away

Let my mind be carefree

With happy thoughts untethered

Worries shut down in a cauldron of peace

Resting for a day to regroup in a place

Which will cause no harm

No avalanche of consequences

Let my mind have space, a time-out room

A sanctuary from the imaginings

And ramblings of a world gone busy

It needs a place where there is no judgment

No cruelty or sadness by people and events

A place of quiet, warmth, softness and acceptance

Just one day off

Just one day of total peace

Just for today

Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet.

From the Feb. 29-March 6, 2012, issue

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