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Samantha’s Daily Poem

January 2, 2015

How I know I am an optimist

I know I am an optimist
because I am always pleased
when the house is tidy
surveying it
like the conqueror
of somebody else’s land

and I believe it will stay that way
that I am not Sisyphus
that the boulder
will not fall again

and when your dad sings from downstairs

there’s somethin’ dead or dyin’
in our fridge

in his best Neil Young voice
I know that I will simply hunt down the soft lump
throw it away
and we will never waste food again

and when your sister
takes all the clothes off the hangers
while I am folding laundry
and you yell

it’s a emergency

because you meant to print
one copy of the Snow White picture
but for some reason it printed 60 copies
and we can’t get it to stop

I just lay down on the floor
and let the rhythm of the printer
soothe me
like a heartbeat

I know
it will be different

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November 29, 2014

Picking a kindergarten

It’s odd
these moments of choosing
of giving you over
to one
of the murky futures

pick me
pick me

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November 26, 2014

The myth of epiphanies

The myth is that epiphanies roar
when in fact they are more
like bubbles in mud

a whisper
a gurgle
a hunch

everything is small
when it is born
and so it is
that so often
they are buried
as so many small
things are

so you ask
the wise ones
how do you feed them
and they tell you

to jump

so you do
not knowing
if you are falling
or flying
because at first
they are
the same.

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November 25, 2014

Plains of exasperation

When did I lose my grace
the wedge of time
when I wanted to yell
but didn’t

when I wanted to mute
your crying
but found my own
silence instead

when did I arrive here
on these plains
of exasperation

where was my future self
reminding me
the day is not so far away
when I will ache for this

but instead I lay there
how much longer
until I was free.

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November 24, 2014

Why I write

I don’t write to remember
that when we drove past
the electrical tower
you said

look, it’s the Eiffel Tower

I write to leave crumbs
so I can find my way back
if I need to
at the end
for a moment
to inhale
that time
when my life
was big and new.

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