The Paradox

As I was reading the Facebook pages of some of my young friends I found this amazing poem.  I had to share it with you...
The Paradox

When I am inside writing,
all I can think about is how I should be outside living.

When I am outside living,
all I can do is notice all there is to write about.

When I read about love, I think I should be out loving.
When I love, I think I need to read more. ...

I am stumbling in pursuit of grace,
I hunt patience with a vengeance.

On the mornings when my brother's tired muscles
held to the pillow, my father used to tell him

For every moment you aren't playing basketball,
someone else is on the court practicing.

I spend most of my time wondering
if I should be somewhere else.

So I have learned to shape the words thank you
with my first breath each morning, my last breath every night.

When the last breath comes, at least I will know I was thankful
for all the places I was so sure I was not supposed to be.

All those places I made it to,
all the loves I held, all the words I wrote.

And even if it is just for one moment,
I will be exactly where I am supposed to be.

 —Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay is a 25 year old American poet. Known for her spoken word poetry, Kay is the founder and co-director of Project V.O.I.C.E.  To find out more about her and her work go to her website at or to her Facebook page


  1. the last two lines say it all! Thanks for sharing this!

    1. I agree Kathe, so much wisdom coming from one so young!

  2. Thank you, i needed to hear this.

    1. It spoke to me too, Mimi. I always feel like I should be doing something else, or that I'm not doing enough or doing it right. Maybe we're really doing ok with life. :)

  3. that's beautiful. so profound for such a young woman.

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