Instructions for the Journey — Pat Schneider

Pat Schneider is poet, playwright, author. A friend (thx Jim) reminds me of this poem today, written by Pat Schneider.

Just in time. I so love the instruction, “And if that fails, wash your own dishes.”

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE JOURNEY
Pat Schneider

The self you leave behind
is only a skin you have outgrown.
Don’t grieve for it.
Look to the wet, raw, unfinished
self, the one you are becoming.
The world, too, sheds its skin:
politicians, cataclysms, ordinary days.
It’s easy to lose this tenderly
unfolding moment. Look for it
as if it were the first green blade
after a long winter. Listen for it
as if it were the first clear tone
in a place where dawn is heralded by bells.

And if all that fails,
wash your own dishes.
Rinse them.
Stand in your kitchen at your sink.
Let cold water run between your fingers.
Feel it.

2 Replies to “Instructions for the Journey — Pat Schneider”

  1. It’s easy to lose this tenderly
    unfolding moment.

    Look for it.

    Listen for it.

    Feel it.

    the lesson that sits down in front of me again and again and again

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