Exhausted, sometimes beaten down,
Tempted to quit,
God reminded me that
to cast a shadow
I must stand in sunlight.
I hear these words so often.
I can not imagine others have not written them before me…
but today I listened.
I am not always so perceptive
but today I listened.

Addendum: I use to think chocolate was the hardest thing to give up for Lent. Now i realize the most difficult thing to give up is negativity.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers… a lot. Her column now appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.