I Am Going Away

“Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.”
Kurt Vonnegut

I am going
away on my own
away from my
thousands of possessions
books papers my button
collection my grandmother
collected buttons too
I have chosen ten earrings
ten days
I couldn’t take blue ones
I am trying to be
unencumbered I fail
at unencumbered
naturally encumbered
I want twenty pairs.
Books too I had to choose couldn’t download
six because I’d feel
I would have to read all six
I might not have time to read
so I chose two. I tried
taking just two of everything
two pairs of pants two shirts
two notebooks what if they’re
not the right two?
When I was young
I traveled a lot. All I needed
were earrings and perfume.
Today because I am
carrying on my luggage
I can’t take my perfume.
But I am going away
going to Mexico to poem.
Last year I tried to go.
Three storms in a row.
But this year, it’s a beautiful
day. My plane is on time.
I have chosen my earrings.

They may not be
the right two.

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.

7 Comments

  1. Happy trails, Esther! Your twos like those taken on an arc: to learn to live differently, up, off the beaten path. I love what you’ve laid down here…may the baubles adorning your ears be exactly the right two. And if not, may their wrong placement spirit you to wholly new place! x

  2. If this was Facebook, I’d press “Like” (as I hear “I like it” on the Saturday oldies program). I’d never be able to fit everything into a carry-on bag. Only when I go from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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