Be careful what you bring inside.
Don’t eat candy bars every day for lunch.
Don’t give more than a passing glance to cheap
novels or Hollywood magazines. Never know
too much about what the famous or infamous
are doing. Don’t spend much time with those
pondering where they can find the best shopping,
or cook with pale vegetables from giant grocery stores.
Don’t bring into your life too many plans.
Don’t watch reality TV.
Let in sunshine and wind and the silence
of snow. Let in dirt. Let in farmers and
gardens and deep red tomatoes. Let in Cather
and Hemingway, Austin and Dickinson.
Let in someone with a lived story no one wants
to hear. Let in art and animals, and physical
labor. Let in time to sit and contemplate
what is outside your window. Notice what calls
out to you without your consent or understanding.
Let in mystery. Let in poems and prayer.