Whenever people write about

how to write (a poem a story how to write

anything) I read what they say read

their advice because I teach writing

and have thought a lot about how

to write. Someone sent me an article

today about content: what is content

where do you find content what are the ways

of telling another person what you want to say

and how do you find your subject.

All subjects are content.   My next door neighbor

called herself Mrs. Israel.  Far more proper

than my building with a lobby that looked

like an iffy subway stop.  She wore navy and never listened

to music. She ate cheap biscuits as though they

were elegant wafers. She invited me to tea. I am not

a tea drinker though I drank many cups

with Mrs. Israel. Always Lipton.. Then one day sitting on her

fake tapestry chair  the only  tapestry chair

in my apartment building she whispered that she

had never been married. No one else knows she said.

Not even one person. They think he died she said.

Years later at her funeral lunch organized by a man in our building

a dozen of us went she lived here a long time a man stood

up who worked in a flower shop.

A familiar man we didn’t know.

I am Aaron Israel, he said.

We were only married for twelve years . But we talked

every single day.

What’s true doesn’t matter.

It’s all content.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.

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