a checklist to close out the day


Questions Before Dark

Day ends, and before sleep

when the sky dies down, consider

your altered state: has this day

changed you? Are the corners

sharper or rounded off? Did you

live with death? make decisions

that quieted? Find one clear word

that fit? At the sun’s midpoint

did you notice a pitch of absence,

bewilderment that invites

the possible? What did you learn

from things you dropped and picked up

and dropped again? Did you set a straw

parallel to the river, let the flow

carry you downstream?


~ Jeanne Lohmann



(can we pretend that her last name is pronounced “hewell-chambers”, just for tonight?)




  1. julie daley

    most certainly. i believe you are her, or were in another life, or she is you, or we are all one…or any of the above. it's all made up anway, sister.
    this is really lovely.

  2. kimberley

    I felt this deeply. Thank you for sharing it.

    And yes. I can pretend – I don't find it too far-fetched that you could express yourself in such a meaningful way 🙂

  3. Mrsmediocrity

    Yes, yes we can, because I felt you, in these words.

  4. Emmajames

    Oh, I've missed reading your beautiful words, my friend, and though those above may not be yours, your spirit shines through. Thank you for sharing them! xo

  5. rebecca @ altared spaces

    “Did you set a straw

    parallel to the river, let the flow

    carry you downstream?”
    This is the question that begs at me. At first it puzzles. What does this mean? Then I feel thirsty. Then I drink.

    So, yes. I think I was carried by this piece of red dirt I found in your water and sky. Thank you.

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