Living Alone by Elizabeth Burk is easy, no one telling you what to do or when to do it
no one questioning why you’re eating M&Ms so early in the morning
or peeling a potato with your fingernails instead of a knife
no one watching you forget to screw the top back on the coffee maker
or put the glass pot under the spout, spraying coffee all over the kitchen
no one asking what’s for dinner as you walk through the door no one there
to see that living alone is as easy as landing on the moon
every night, looking to claim your place on an empty planet
with every tentative weightless step you take.
Other poems I enjoyed this week: (Read the full poem in the link)
"Most of these kids have yet to try sushi, haven’t left the country to taste the world, still gravitate toward boxed macaroni and cheese, but someday they might turn on the TV to see you eat some strange food, and witness the uneasy thrill of trying, trying, trying something new."
-Remembering You, Anthony Bourdain, at the Elementary School Talent Show by Alexandra Umlas
"I will walk home alone with the deep alone, a disciple of shadows, in praise of the mysteries." -I’m Going to Start Living Like a Mystic by Edward Hirsch
"my mother still mutters whenever she remembers where we lived, reciting then her one life sentence of overlush underbrush, neighbor trash, shoddy farms and fallen fences"
-The Sticks by Todd Boss "It’s begun: The papers print the same stories over and over, and have you checked the obituaries? Already, nobody remembers how their first kiss went."
"I like invisibleness, except in the moon’s strong, broad rays. Some nights, I ask her paleness, Will I be okay?"
Room to Dream by David Lynch, Kristine McKenna Oh Lonesome Me - M Ward Ft. Lucinda Willams Firecracker - Charlie Fink Swept Inside - Future Islands Masterpiece - Big Thief (solo)
Links of the Week:
The secret LSD-fuelled CIA experiment that inspired Stranger Things
Aliya Ghare Talks About The Confluence of Activism and Aesthetics In Her Illustrations
BlipBlox, a Kids’ Toy and Fully-Functional Synthesizer That Will Teach Toddlers to Play Electronic Music
See the collection Ikea designed for tiny apartments–by studying Mars
Khichdi (Kitchari) brings together 846 photographs of India, and its people, taken over ten years
In 2019, people are expected to spend 170.6 minutes each day online, and slightly less time watching TV.
Ursula K. Le Guin on the Magic of Real Human Conversation