Just a little in my notebook today
To chip away at the block, I promise
Pen to paper – a prayer in the silence
Though not always calming, not always kind
Just a little today, a trickle not
A tidal wave to pummel, to engulf
Life’s work made so much smaller, narrower
Out of focus, unrecognizable
Just a little, simple lessons for some
Today, a how-to guide to making friends
“Come with me,” I plead. “Stay with me awhile.”
Outside of yourself it’s safe, love surrounds
Just a little today, I’ll think instead
Of how he held my gaze, and that shy smile.
Suzanne Samuels is currently working on a historical novel, The Orphans’ Wheel, set in Sicily and New York City at the turn of the twentieth century. Her essays, stories and poetry have appeared in Snapdragon, With Painted Words, and Cyclamens and Swords, as well as other journals. Her work can be found at suzannesamuels.wordpress.com.