41 6-Word Days

image from Judy's post

I was going to add this to my Something Good list today, but decided it deserved it’s own post. On A Human Thing, Judy posted a reflection, where she explained it this way:

At the same time that I launched A Human Thing, I launched a project with my friend, Julia Fehrenbacher, called “41 6-Word Days.” We invited people to join us, and they did, sharing their lives in beautiful, revealing, clumsy, poetic 6-word snippets. Most people wandered in and out of the space, but ten hardy souls went the distance with us, posting all 41 days.

It was sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking, with so many moments of magic and so many of grace, and I loved being part of this “project.” I was one of the ten that did all 41 days, and Judy was nice enough to put together our lists in a shared summary. Here’s mine:

♥Jill♥

Struggled with everything, then let go.
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Snow and cold, two warm dogs.
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Lots of words, only one picture.
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Work though I’d rather stay home.
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Where does this sadness come from?
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Flooding in Oregon, worrying in Colorado.
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I can’t drink like that anymore.
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Dreamed of three ladybugs in snow.
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Upside down, love rushes towards you.
Thank goodness the wall was there.
Thank goodness the teacher was there.
Thank goodness for headstands in yoga.
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This isn’t working for me anymore.
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I can’t go to work today.
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Before dawn, we walk alone, together.
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I am aware, but can’t move.
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Medium or psychic, you’re a liar.
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I wish Sunday would never end.
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Finally, kind attention causes a shift.
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Two long walks with my dogs.
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Wishing, understanding, gratitude: love, love, love.
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Three hour nap instead of work.
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Cold snow, warm blueberry bagel: comfort.
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Smells: banana bread, cupcakes, and laundry.
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Rough Sunday. I wished for Monday.
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I’m full of light and beans.
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Bed full of dog and love.
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I want to go to there.
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Finally made some progress at work.
He doesn’t know what happened? Bullshit.
Play growl or mean growl? We disagree.
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Fantasizing about running away from home.
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I vowed: basic goodness, enlightened society.
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Running, playing, yoga-ing, eating, and napping.
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Do you see that? Good dog!
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Hoping the blood test reveals something.
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Burger and fries, donuts: sinking fast.
(Conversation with myself, how not embarrassing.) 🙂
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Surprise love note: “you’re my favorite.”
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Perimenopause?! You’ve got to be kidding…
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Dinner with Rachel Cole, holy wow.
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A circle of woman around me.
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Apparently, dog training works. Who knew?
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Try this next–hope it works.
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Water Dragon entered on fierce winds.
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Sore muscles, tender heart, open eyes.
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A circle of women writing WILDly,
filled my home with WILD words.
Mine? Blackout poem for Tina Fey.
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Mending dog babies, celebrating human baby.
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It is important to say goodbye.
End with love, just in case.
Especially when that’s where you started.
Much love to Julia and Judy.
The rest of you are amazing.
Openhearted, brave, wise, kind, and hilarious.
Thank you. Love you. Love, Me.
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At night, I sleep, dreaming words.
At dawn, I wake, thinking words.
Arranging them in rows of six.
Then I remember, we are finished.
I am awake, alone, and sad.
But then I remember love, laughter.
I offer a prayer of thanks.
Form leaves us, but love remains.

7 thoughts on “41 6-Word Days

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      What’s so interesting to me, Judy, is how sane I am in the midst of my insanity. And, looking at them all, you see that (to quote one of my favorite 6-word days by Estrella): “Life is weird. Hard. Also beautiful.”

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  1. mj

    Shriek!
    I was late to start the 41-6day word project, so I did it on my own and your post jogged my memory that I must be getting close to completing it…..NOOOOO, apparently, yesterday was day # 41, perhaps I would have chosen 6 different words had I know this was the end.
    But it won’t be the end, I love capturing my day with six words, I’ll likely continue, pretending that I am participating in 100-6day words.

    I love how yours are now a beautiful poem: a keepsake.

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