not everything  
has to go on forever  
to be a success  
a relationship  
after all is said and done  
is merely a ship  
sailing the high seas  
one wave after another  
of more aliveness  
though you set the course  
that's about all you can do 
once the ship has sailed  
we all do our best 
to try and anticipate  
wind, rain, saltiness  

either the ship can  
or the ship can’t handle it  
that’s what you find out  
it’s ok to not  
get where you wanted to go  
aboard that good ship  
or to discover  
you got to where you wanted  
and want something else  
you might also find  
where you really want to go  
that ship can’t take you  
a relationship 
that's run its course did not fail  
it just ran aground 

voices in your head  
like seagulls fighting for scraps  
scream “stay on dry land”  
the voice that matters 
your inner compass whispers 
"let's set sail again."

This week, I was going to tell you about how the Sunday Haiku Milieu emails came to be (join up at  

How I had the idea to do a daily email, but couldn’t get myself to do it.   

How I shared that with my friend Bruce, who said he hated daily emails, and that I should do it just once a week (check out the new Sons of the Never Wrong website and album:

How I got my friend Cathie to design it, what an amazing designer she is, and how she keeps saying yes when I want to add sections to it.  (more of her work at

How the Sunday email launched at Marc Smith’s poetry slam, where my friend Naomi is a beloved regular, and how my husband Robin and my friend Jodi are currently tied for writing the most songs inspired by a Haiku Milieu.  (Listen to Naomi's new single on Spotify, stay tuned for Robin's new album, and three cheers for Jodi and Jim.)

How much I love the back and forth with readers on Sunday, which for me, is how I take communion these days.  

How much it means to me that you are here. 

And how much I hope this goes on forever.

I sat down to write all that, and the poem you read above came out instead.

When people ask, why should I bother with an artistic practice?  So many other people are already doing what I think I'd like to do.  And they are so good.  Why should I bother?

I say simply this: to get your own attention.  Learn what you really think about things.  And maybe even surprise yourself.  Like I did, just now.

If you came to learn what you really think about something because of a piece of art you made or are working on, drop me a line. I'd love to hear about it.

© Jenny Bienemann

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