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.


  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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