Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Day 545.

Want to write but don't want to feel my emotions so I'm not and I'm not.

Day 544.

People have to tell themselves all sorts of stories in order to survive.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Day 541.

I look greasy & scared! Today, I met the new love of my life, Zora. More to say soon, but so exhausted from a very full day.

Day 540.

Yesterday's photo.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Day 539.

Thank you.

That's what it says on my wrist in the picture to the left here. "Thank you." I thought today about getting it tattooed there, as I really want to cultivate this prayer, this constant gratitude. I want it there when things are delightful and when they are full of pain. I want to have gratitude for every experience as it teaches me more and more about the ways of the world and the ways of us humans and the inner workings of this precious and wonderful being named  Mahfam, she: the visage of the moon, the color of the light of the moon. Moon-face, my soft light casting a pool for you to dance in or run away from into the shadows or simply use as a stage to act out your relationships with your demons or your ghosts or your beloveds, toward me (but always actually toward you.) This moonlight thanks you; for whatever you bring, for whoever you are. I thank you.


I had an outburst on the street today. I was walking my somatics practitioner's dog, and, as happens when I am out for a stroll in just about any neighborhood, I was greeting most of the people I encountered with a simple hello. Three men were working on a car. I greeted one of them, ignored the one under the vehicle, then greeted the third. He said, "Hello there, beautiful." Maybe I am overly sensitive about this word. Maybe you didn't hear his tone, so you don't know how disgusting it sounded.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Day 535.

Tired and wept out and no product in my hair and danced out and probably a little dehydrated and off to do more more more so maybe all of these relationships can help take care of me and it's time for a run-on, apparently.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Day 533.

"What are you going to do with the rest of your night?" asked my eight-months-pregnant friend.

"Go home. Blog. Finish writing my fifth poem about her." I rolled around on the yoga ball.


Later: "Do you have Reality Bites on DVD?"

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Day 531.

How is it that after all these years of taking care of myself, and being alone, I am just barely now feeling like I am learning how to be on my own?

One of the many shared stories of the displaced: If only this world would notice how great I am, I am sure it would find a place for me.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Day 528.

Thunderstorms and interruptions and old, sad men, and all the old ghosts.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Day 527.

Feeling really grateful for all of the different roles all of the different people in my life play.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Day 525.

I don't remember what it's like to feel healthy and whole and not have to worry about meeting my basic needs. Staggering just how many of us face this.

Don't really feel well enough to write more. Going to try to rest up before I leave for my trip tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Day 524.

So many poems, all of them elsewhere. So many poems to write and so many poems to read.

I wish I could be a rich girl and have time to read and write poems all day.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Day 523.

I miss you. Are you reading this? I think you might be. I think you might check this regularly. You never mentioned it, not once, but I do believe you are a bit of an internet lurker.

I'm tired of missing you. I wish you missed me back. I wish you would call to say you miss me back. 

It's so hard to not turn the story of us into more proof that humans, and in particular, humans like us, are too sad and broken to sustainably connect. It's so hard not to make it into a story about how I should never reach out, reach for what I want, tell the truth, be free in the ways I am trying to convince myself I deserve to be . . . how I should never do that. Because it means an end to things. And it means I never get to have what I want (even if the "having" looks different than I thought or hoped it would.)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Friday, July 6, 2012

Day 520.

Walk the dog. Do jo kata. Scrub the tub. Clean the stovetop. Bathe thyself lovingly. Make gangster-ass delicious, healthy lunch. Go to work. Be unstoppable.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Day 519.

So this is what it feels like to be chronically ill.

Up until about a year and a half ago, I got sick once a year. Rarely, twice. Usually it would be an ass-kicker of a cold or flu, and after a few days of hell, I would be back on my feet. Starting about a year or a year and a half ago, I started to get sick more frequently. Way more frequently. It soon became once a month. And for the past few weeks, I have been inexplicably and pretty much constantly exhausted. As of a few days ago, I have not one but two ear infections.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

Day 516.

Eardrums blocked and hurting. This illness disconcerting. Everything breaking, too much time
To lie around
And obsess about inconsistencies,
And this deteriorating body,
Fingernails digging into, clinging to the improbable possibilities
Of regeneration, procreation,

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Day 515.

Sick again. Always sick. Can't escape the nagging feeling that something big is wrong.