Here’s a poem by my friend Kathryn Johnson. It first appeared in the 2014 Crosscurrents, which is published annually by the Washington Community College Humanities Association (WCCHA).
“This is a first world problem.” -Reader quote from Real Simple
To match this skirt,
Half a day spent
Packing away summer shorts and ironing winter wool blazers,
A grocery cart with just a few items
Drifting downhill, making me run after it,
Exhumed from the back of our too-small fridge,
On the ceiling fan, requiring I haul in a ladder,
Tuning professional football into our out-of-range TV,
Crows excreting blackberries on my clean, white car,
Leftover chicken for dinner, again.
A young friend’s three-pound baby sleeping in an incubator,
An older friend sleeping on the floor beside her cancer-weak sister,
One day’s worth of problems here in the first world
Where I count
Too much to eat,
Too many clothes,
Too full a life
love this. great choice!
It’s an amazing poem, and a lovely idea. Kathryn read it to us last December, and I’ve thought about it ever since.