“Ambition” published in ONE ART

by rosemerryt@gmail.com

On the first day of National Poetry Month, ONE ART: A Journal of Poetry published “Ambition,” a poem about all the striving to be the best we can be–what is really asked of us?



I am so far from the woman
I want to be, so far
from humility and simplicity.
I dream of clearing
not only the shelves,
not only the closets,
but also the cluttered inner rooms
that crowd out the divine.
Every day I search for ways
to best meet the day—
with poems, beautiful meals,
with songs, with praise—
so many ways to be radiant,
but I suspect all the day wants
is for me to meet it
and all that comes into my path
with kindness, with spaciousness.
In my effort to be good, to be whole,
I make it so difficult, this life.
The day doesn’t seem to hold
my exuberance against me.
It shows up as always,
generous as a new tomorrow,
quiet as dawn.

published in ONE ART (April 1, 2023)