The useless days will add up to something (advice pantoum)

Go. Even though there is nowhere to go,

take off all of your clothes and say, “I’m right here.”

The useless days will add up to something.

Your daughter will have his sense of humor.

 

Take off all your clothes and say, “I’m right here.”

Do you know what that is, sweet pea? To be humble?

Your daughter will have his sense of humor,

like being slapped and kissed at the same time.

 

Do you know what that is, sweet pea? To be humble?

Everything else happens out here in the light,

like being slapped and kissed at the same time.

Nothing to do but salute it from the shore.

 

Everything else happens out here in the light.

Like a motorcycle with no one on it;

nothing to do but salute it from the shore.

Get a pen. Write that last sentence on your palm.

 

Like a motorcycle with no one on it,

the useless days will add up to something.

Get a pen. Write that last sentence on your palm:

Go. Even though there is nowhere to go.

 

‘The Useless Days Will Add Up To Something’ is composed of lines lifted directly from Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things, a collection of advice she offered over a number of years in her column Dear Sugar. You can see Cheryl at one final session at the Festival, Dear Sugar: Advice on Life and Love, on Sunday afternoon.

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