Getting Ready to Go Somewhere Else

I’m good at going

but not at getting ready

if I had only black shoes

choosing shoes

instead of thinking yellow for California

or silver I don’t know what color California is

or what color I would like to be

what light looks like and the rooms where we’ll sit

and of course I know this only matters to me

in second grade my family went to visit my grandmother

in Los Angeles

I wanted to wear red shoes then

on the plane to California  maybe for reasons

of history I should wear red shoes now.


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.


  1. me too! very ready to go and hate getting ready
    so resonant with you, esther…. just go, dont get ready and see what thats like.!

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