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Juggling Jars

Updated: Jan 13, 2023


Juggling Jars


juggling jars is my job now

each filled with a need

precious and changing

requiring focus and speed


exercise diet

sleep hygiene and meds

education research

watching each foot where it treads


I look at my calendar

and what do I see

a day filled with life jars

to preserve just a semblance of me


juggling jars

high above my head

vigilant attention

staving off dread


don’t drop don’t spill

don’t hesitate don’t waver

distraction and overwhelm

plot to foil each caper


sometimes I fumble

a jar hits hard with a splat

my soufflé has fallen

its finished oh drat


Netflix (a questionable savior)

holds my place in line

while my brain reconfigures

a jury-rigged design


then I rearrange the lineup

to face what’s left of the day

to be a mere mortal

who hopes dreams and plays


each morning before sunrise

I ponder my fate

then pick up those damn jars

and start to rotate

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Julie Walker
Julie Walker
Jan 16, 2023

Juggling jars is a great metaphor

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Alison Blevins
Alison Blevins
Jan 16, 2023

Great imagery. I enjoyed this. Thank you

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Unknown member
Jan 13, 2023

Great to see you on here, Jen. Juggling jars is such a great image and a good metaphor. Well written

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Dawson Stafford
Dawson Stafford
Jan 13, 2023

I like the use of an inert but fragile object to describe your daily challange. We are all juggling jars and may drop one now and again, but practice makes perfect and we have plenty of that! 😉

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