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Danusha Laméris: Thinking

Don’t you wish they would stop, all the thoughts

swirling around in your head, bees in a hive, dancers

tapping their way across the stage? I should rake the leaves

in the carport, buy Christmas lights. Was there really life on Mars?

What will I cook for dinner? I walk up the driveway,

put out the garbage bins. I should stop using plastic bags,

visit my friend whose husband just left her for the Swedish nanny.

I wish I hadn’t said Patrick’s painting looked “ominous.”

Maybe that’s why he hasn’t called. Does the car need oil again?

There’s a hole in the ozone the size of Texas and everything

seems to be speeding up. Come, let’s stand by the window

and look out at the light on the field. Let’s watch how the clouds

cover the sun and almost nothing stirs in the grass.

Copyright ©2013 by Danusha Laméris. From The Moons of August (Autumn House Press, 2013). Poem reprinted by permission of the publisher.

Danusha Laméris’s first book of poems, The Moons of August (2014), was chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the Autumn House Press poetry prize. Her second book is Bonfire Opera (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020). She lives in Santa Cruz.

13 comments on “Danusha Laméris: Thinking

  1. Lisa Zimmerman
    December 25, 2022

    I love this poem and the book and the poet! 💖


    • Vox Populi
      December 25, 2022

      Danusha is a wonderful poet, and there’s the added bonus of her being a wonderful person.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Miranda Lemon
    December 19, 2022

    Hahaha, this is excellent. I often have to shush my thoughts because they get so loud and busy I can’t think straight! 😀 xxx

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Barbara Huntington
    December 19, 2022

    Oh that monkey mind. Sometimes I can leave it behind when I meditate

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Loranneke
    December 19, 2022

    ahhh one of my favorite writers — I love Danusha’s poems, her heart, her dedication to the poetry community.

    Liked by 3 people

  5. melpacker
    December 19, 2022

    This poet describes, all too often, my mind. Fortunately, perhaps for all of us, the newer darting thoughts quickly overwhelm and obliterate the others.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vox Populi
      December 19, 2022

      Thanks, Mel. Yes, I too have a busy busy mind like a tribe of chattering monkeys.

      Liked by 2 people

  6. Sean Sexton
    December 19, 2022

    Very lovely, and yes—let’s…

    Liked by 2 people

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