Today’s a good day to Slow It Down.
Breathe in. Forget it’s Monday. And forget about
everything you didn’t do Last Week
or the Week Before or The Week Before That.
Breathe Out. Still early. Still Monday.
Nothing you HAVE to DO except read two
manuscripts and pack. And go to the dentist.
Breath In. You can read the manuscripts
Another Day. Breathe Out. Forget out packing.
You have everything you need upstate.
Breathe In. What about the piles of books
you were going to take months ago to Housing Works?
Breathe Out. They’ll still be around in September.
Breathe In. The manuscripts can be read any time.
Breathe Out. Not much you can do about the dentist.
And besides you love her. It won’t be bad. Breathe In.
Maybe you can meditate in the dental chair. Breathe Out.
Probably not. Breathe In. Slow it all down. Forget about everything
you weren’t able to forget. Doesn’t matter. Breathe Out.
Imagine that it’s Monday and you’re sitting on a rock
on the island of Patmos. You’ve got one of those beautiful
Greek wine glasses next to you. And a bottle of cold white wine.
And a book. Not the Illiad. Not the Odyssey either. Maybe
short stories by Isaac Singer. Breathe In. You don’t have
to write a book to read one. Breathe Out. But you could
write a book if you wanted to. Just not today.