When nightfall comes, when I notice it I want to remind you Before you remind me To count
Then I win, checked my box Tally the scores But once I remind you to, My mind considers the task completed So I must count right away At happy hour, on the bus, Mid-conversation even; tonight’s number is…
Divide by four – X weeks, Y days Declare my intentions, “Hinenimuchan(ah),” behold, I am ready and attuned To fulfill the positive commandment now Just like the verses so prescribe: Seven weeks whole they shall be
The thing is, you must remember And not just remember but do; It’s one of those things that Cannot be done in theory only – Although perhaps that is most things.
Somehow days of thoughts that I Should really write that essay already Should return that phone call ASAP Should get back to praying daily Should meditate ten minutes daily, minimum Do not make these things happen.
I am quite productive in theory The person my ego takes me To be The version of who I would be, Doing the things I totally would Do in theory
Did you know that you cannot Meditate in theory? Or Apologize in theory? Or Brush your teeth in theory? Being the “type of person who totally would” Remember to say after-meal blessings Meal-prep every week Focus on one thing at a time Know better than to fall asleep staring at a screen Write every day … Is not the same As being her
Am I all talk?
Last night you reminded me except I had already counted thirty-two Without reminding you – not on purpose But tonight is new, I must Remember again, and again tomorrow too We keep ascending because the work Is never done, not the real work
Do not speak your goals aloud And be fooled by the satisfaction In your mind, thinking it’s real If you must, whisper them low There is no way to do it but to do it I must remember.