Life, Love, and Poetry

All Our Untold Stories: Empathic Poetry for Holy Week

All Our Untold Stories: Empathic Poetry for Holy Week

Late, late on Saturday night, I published an e-book on Amazon, with much help and good will from my [tirelessly patient] true love:

Announcing!: All Our Untold Stories: Empathic Poetry for Holy Week

I kept the work mostly under wraps, underground, and was not sure I would have it ready, though I tried my best. I worked on it in sickness and in health, and through the thick fog of motherhood.

I’m still a mom, friends. That’s always on the top of every list, every day. I can’t say how many times I’ve wanted to blog about this and ended up looking into a pair of big brown or blue wide-awake eyes that need immediate attention.

Help me with my homework.

Let’s play I Spy.

Tell me a story.

I’m hungry.

I want to tell you something.

Look at this [giant pile of] art I made for you!

I don’t want to miss these fleeting opportunities. I’m grateful for this job. At the same time, I ache for a little more open space, physically and mentally. Earlier in the week I felt collapsed and frustrated: it has been a season requiring much endurance and I have been feeling rundown. There are bright moments that bring me hope. Then there are dark moments that make me wish for a fast-forward button.

I don’t want a time-skipping device, really, though. I want to be present to the adventures, to the love shared, to my beating heart. In order to do that, I have to think about pace. Sometimes going fast doesn’t mean having more of a life. Sometimes the duende spirit visits through the slow embers, rather than the bonfire where it was expected. Life is unpredictable, which is scary and beautiful. And sometimes the art that visits you is scary and beautiful, too.

My scary-beautiful is a book announcement. My scary-beautiful is in the pages of empathic poetry, written for Holy Week, and released just in time to be here for World Poetry Day. My scary-beautiful is asking you all to read it and share it with your friends.

I have so much more to tell you about this book. Soon. After this tired mom gets a little more sleep. Much love, and keep on dreaming and working toward your own scary-beautiful goals. Your faithfulness to the work you are called into? It matters!

All Our Untold Stories is available on Kindle here.

Jamie Bagley