What if I was getting Used to Cloistered living, Less chaos, Slower paces? What if global despair Caused time for Personal repair, Fulfillment, Contentment? What can I hold In my quiet heart, Now that I have to be bold Again; go out into the world Again, amongst the unfurled? Off and Away Smoke billowing from The toaster-oven Indicates I’ve Lost track of My spirit, again. It runs off, sometimes, To fear for the global economy, Or try and Make sense Of me. “Ding!” the toaster Rang, but my spirit Didn’t hear it. It Was busy recalling Song lyrics. Now, music notes and burnt-toast-smoke Rise with me. Bio: Samantha Terrell, author of Vision, and Other Things We Hide From (Potter's Grove Press, 2021) is a widely published American poet whose work emphasizes self-awareness as a means to social awareness. Her poetry can be found in many fine publications, and her work has been featured on Sunny G Radio Glasgow, Dublin-based Eat the Storms podcast, and "The Open Collaboration" all-acoustics show (Bristol, U.K.). She writes from her home in upstate New York, where she lives with her husband and their two sons.