Knapsack Questions


a five minute friday piece | recover

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Every Friday, I spend five minutes or so writing on a word prompt from the Five Minute Friday community. Then, I hit publish. Good for the writing muscles and for cultivating a playful approach to the writing work that can sometimes be taken oh-so-seriously.

and who told you
you’d walk a dusty
always in the
right direction?

what caused you to think
maps are always
right side up and
unfailingly correct?

when were those
foolish promises
made to you, that there would
never be a need
to change your mind?

why so much surprise when
the path winds steeply
upwards, blocking your gaze
from the stars on which
you’ve depended?

how will you ever recover
your sense of direction
if you never retrace
your steps
along the journey?

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Amanda Dzimianski (she/her) | Writing Coach

poet + author | Ache is a Passport: Love Letter to Survivors of Spiritual Abuse , available now |