sekai makoni, rest

A poem on allowing yourself to take some rest – as an act of self-care and resistance against performance, productivity and perfectionism.

Rest

Hurrying

Pace 

Breathlessness

To do lists

Getting stuff done

Accomplishment and

Satisfaction 

All of the shoulds

 

Comparison

Social media

FOMO

Guilt at doing nothing

Does non-productivity mean wasted time?

Even if you do nothing today you’re still worthy

Doing nothing isn’t doing nothing

It gives you energy

 

But even if it didn’t

It’s allowed!

Resting as doing

Resting is doing?

You’re doing important work

Taking a nap 

That snooze button

Again and again 

and again 

 

Sleeeeeeep

Lying in

Winter hibernation

Under the covers

The sound of rain outside 

Me warm inside

Cosy 

Safe

Slowing down 

Stopping 

Stop

 

Being ill

Getting sick 

Those forced stops

Unavoidable 

 

Imperfection

Unfinished-ness

Being in process

 

It’s ok

Allowed

Self soothing 

that

Inner child

Breathe

Breathe easy 

Being enough

As is 

As you are

Kindness

Smiles

Gentleness

Gentleness with myself

 

Good music

Hot showers

Being clean

 

Sunlight

SUNSHINE!

Flowers for myself

Cos I’m worth it 

And what if…

 

What if it all worked out? 

What if it was all going to be ok?

What if you were ok?

 

That sense that even amongst it all

Even in the aftermath of the UK’s general election

Miserable weather

Being far from home

Not totally knowing where you’re going

 

You have breath

You can make community

You can find your people 

 

And try to rest easy