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Mondays are the days when we feel the stress of the week start to mount. We rush as we wake up and hurry as we leave work or school. Time seems less plentiful. The kids wake up five minutes later than usual. The car is lower on gas. More commuters than normal crowd the platform, waiting to take the train into the city. The start of a new work week has begun. The day starts and stops in a frenzy.

And so we push, rushing forward, sometimes gently urging or, at others, with a biting tone. Poet Marie Howe turns us about, forces us to look into the mirror, and maybe just maybe, laugh at ourselves as we slow down with her poem "Hurry":

We stop at the dry cleaners and the grocery store
and the gas station and the green market and
Hurry up honey, I say, hurry hurry,
as she runs along two or three steps behind me
her blue jacket unzipped and her socks rolled down.
Where do I want her to hurry to? To her grave?
To mine? Where one day she might stand all grown?
Today, when all the errands are finally done, I say to her,
Honey I’m sorry I keep saying Hurry—
you walk ahead of me. You be the mother.
And, Hurry up, she says, over her shoulder, looking
back at me, laughing. Hurry up now darling, she says,
hurry, hurry, taking the house keys from my hands.

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16 Comments

The way we live our life is insane, and this comes out in all the pathologies that effect our lives and culture. No time for love, music, companionship, family or our ssouls. Just the never ending hustle of a culture breaking down from avarice and self interest uninformed by compassion.

I am So happy to have heard this interview with Krista Tippett. Marie Howe is inspiring and articulate, filled with warmth and humor...she made my day!
Question: Are her courses at NYU, summer courses?
Any way I could 'follow' her so that I not miss opportunities to hear her speak?
Many thanks!!!
Jane, devout listener :)

Wise mother!

If I don't hurry I may fall behind and lose at this game we call life.

Hurry to where?
Is not God now?
Is not God then?
God will be when!

This touched my heart this morning. Thank you for posting and thank you, Ms. Howe, for words of wisdom I really needed to hear.

it hit home.

I truly enjoyed Marie's poem " Hurry" I bet the playful spirit of her daughter would make for a fabulous Mother's day poem if they both contributed to it's writing.

Journey with Heart!
From the Plains of Nebraska,
Lori

felt delight while listening to this reading in the Prius on the way to D.C. church Sunday morning (PBS)

I listened to this interview on the way to a hike in the White Mountains. The Hurry poem

I burst into tears when I heard Marie read her poem Hurry. She says so much with so few words.

to all the folks that bring this show to the communities around this vast land(country) i want too thank you from the bottom of my heart,i am in awe with the show and all the online interviews with these wonderful people that just fill my heart with so much joy. for example with the poet marie howe i cant get enough of her wisdom and on being made that happen, again i thank you all...

Lovely. A moment captured in time.

I just wanted to say that the wisdom shared in "Hurry" is the wisdom we all have within us. Sometimes though, it requires a poem like this one to remind us of that and to urge us to reach for it.

What an inspiring and completely enjoyable interview. Am "hurrying" to find and buy Marie Howe's books, but not harassing others to hurry with me.since hearing this important message. So thankful I tuned in just in time to catch this interview. Thanks, Krista.

THIS POEM AND 'GATE' HAS SET ME FREE IN SOME WAY TO LIVE DAY TO DAY WITH MORE GRATITUDE AND JOY THAN BEFORE . I AM A STORYTELLER AND I READ IT TO DAY TO A BOOK CLUB AND RECOMMENDED THE BOOK. THEN I BUILT MY SHOW AROUND STORIES ABOUT BEING IN LIFE NOW!

Such a delight to hear and to read- thank you for your poetry!

apples