This poem was inspired by the conversation between Krista Tippett and Sarah Kay, a poet and spoken word artist. You can find this conversation here at the On Being web site — this is the best program on the air, if you ask me. (By the way, I always recommend the unedited versions of the podcasts).
The three truths I know for sure are:
One — I had peanut butter toast for breakfast today
And I embellished it with banana slices
(That felt creative)
Two — that boy I went to nursery school with,
The one that used to eat his boogers at nap time?
One summer he drowned
Three — if I sit still and listen
If I sit long enough to let the silence fill me
You are as close as my next breath