What to Do if You Want to

For reasons of Age I have been reading articles about the microbiome. Many tell you What Not to Do and those suggestions are often Very Odd.  (Don’t Eat Onions.  Don’t Eat Dinner. Don’t Eat Anything Sweet) They are reiterated by Experts on Mark  Hyman’s podcast.  With certainty and sometimes even with charm.  What to Do is a mild small answer.

When you wake up you don’t

have to do anything except drink

whatever it is you like:  coffee with half and half

and one sugar is more than fine.

So is turmeric tea and boiled water with a little lemon.

When you wake up you might want to

read a poem or two, or a story, or even listen

to Morning Joe.  He’s changed a little for the better.

Or a piece of music.  All music is acceptable even

old 60’s songs.  Also Bach and Um Khulsoum.  If today

you do not meditate, do not walk 10,000 steps,

do not take an exercise class, or return your overdue

library book, that’s ok too.  About breakfast you never

have to have a Protein Shake unless you want to.

Almond croissants are always OK.  So are all fruits

especially mangoes because they are orange inside.

When you wake up, you might want to consider

the word up.  Or not.






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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