The juice will be worth the squeeze

My anxiety barometer is breaking.

I am quite certain I have reached my threshold of absorbing 
all of the news I can tolerate.  

I have crammed my brain with the knowledge that social 
distancing truly means no public places, at all, save for 
inhaling shared fresh oxygen with the floral blooms 
lining the paths less taken. 

I have stuffed my freezer, pantry, and refrigerator with as 
much food as they can hold. 

I have stowed young adult novels to consume and picture 
books to read and teach virtually. 

All I can do now is squeeze 
literature, 
writing, 
exercise, 
meditating 
for all they are worth

& 

enjoy the juices of 

creativity, 

gratitude, 
 
time. 

My anxiety barometer is breaking 
but with a few adjustments, 
for now, it can be 
fixed.
Taken in Northwest DC on March 15, 2020

7 thoughts on “The juice will be worth the squeeze

  1. We all need a barometer to measure our sanity…and our reactions. The nice thing about a barometer is that it fluctuates. Hang in there.

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  2. Sounds to me like a few drops of juice helps ease the anxiety barometer’s pressure. I’m no doctor, but I advise continuing the treatment your poetry slice prescribes.

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  3. It’s so hard not to follow along and I’ve also found myself overwhelmed by the barrage of news these days. It sounds like you know what you need to do for yourself. Take care.

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  4. I love how you crafteed this piece…your barameter on overload and juice to be squeezed. thought it is a stormy time, your focus on creative things encourages. Love the photo at the end!! So hopeful!!

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