you are full of interestingness
rose printed skinny jeans
like wall paper on legs
hipsters singing sad songs
clean and black, clean and black
exploding with color
we walk out our lives
here, on the subway.
you are alive
this is your purpose
bowls of ramen
nourish our souls.
I saw an old friend last week and she said – I didn’t know if we would still be friends. We were out on a walk, bundled in jackets and toques in the cold rain, stopping occasionally to let the dogs go pee. She didn’t know if we would still be friends, and yet somehow we are. And this particular friendship seems to constantly surprise me. Superficially we seem to grow apart but at the same time our lives always parallel enough that we can still understand each others secrets of the heart.
I am in the process of moving back to Ontario after spending the last couple of years in British Columbia. And as I step back into old places and relationships from which I’ve been gone a long time, I am finding that I don’t remember all the street names. But I still remember what’s important. I remember the secrets of these places and of these hearts.
And now as I sit in bed, as the tail end of a cold sweeps through me, surrounded by bags half packed, I’m mentally preparing to move to a new city. Trying it out. Playing it by ear. Improvising to create the life that I want.
I can’t know what it will be and I’m okay with the unknowing. Today I lay in bed sleeping off the sickness. Tomorrow will be a new day.
I love the
going faster and faster
and then suddenly the resistance of the runway disappears
we lift up
the motion rocks me
and I am carried home.
Fall 2014, I participated in the 108 Poetry Challenge to raise funds for the Young Adult Program at Yasodhara Ashram. The Young Adult Program supports young adults to explore their ideals and bring them forward in their lives. It had an incredible impact on my life and hundreds of other participants who have moved through the program.
And if you still want to donate – you can even though the official fundraiser is over – click here :)!!