The Opposite of Worry {Poem}


When I am worried

it’s the usual suspects

the bills that wait

did my son read enough today

am I behind at school

is there something

i forgot to do

or 10 things,

the relentless companion of my mind,



I think I may have grown

just a little lately

worry and I have reached an uneasy hiatus

at bedtime I am trying

to trade worry for gratitude

and intention

I leave the day behind

with my whole heart

and begin again tomorrow.


I go to sleep light and free of the angst.

I am wholly flawed and err daily

but this simple attempt

again and again

is bringing just a taste of something that

worry cannot coexist with.



Published by Keeley Milne

Keeley Milne has an irrepressible joie de vivre. She is most content when with her son Liam, a pile of books, or in the woods—and best yet all three at once. She loves to run marathons in other countries, go on solo adventures, and drink a perfect cup of coffee. She is a voracious reader and loves to write, listen, and laugh. Keeley makes her home in Medicine Hat, Alberta, where she is completing an English degree, going for runs in the coulees, and hugging Liam as much as she can, every day. You can connect with Keeley on her Facebook here, on Instagram, or Tumblr.

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