How we spend our days, by Annie Dillard

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How we spend our days
is, of course,
how we spend our lives.

What we do with this hour,
and that one,
is what we are doing.

A schedule
defends from chaos
and whim.

It is a net
for catching days.
It is a scaffolding

on which a worker
can stand
and labor with both hands

at sections of time.
A schedule is a mock-up
of reason and order –

willed, faked,
and so brought into being;
it is a peace and a haven

set into the wreck of time;
it is a lifeboat
on which you find yourself,

decades later,
still living.
Each day is the same,

so you remember
the series afterward
as a blurred and powerful pattern.

Annie Dillard, from The Writing Life (p.32)

5 comments

  1. alexjosephy

    I feel I should say how much I’ve been enjoying following your blog, Anthony. You keep surprising me, even when it’s just another Monday morning. And I love these found poems, which bring the words you’ve discovered into a new and compelling focus. Thank you!

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