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Category: Van Life

POEM: Digging Bill Evans

Digging Bill Evans

I was 21, driving a used car,
no money in the bank, a job
as a waiter in my uncle’s restaurant
awaiting me in the desert.
I moved into a studio apartment:
a bed, a small sofa, a scuffed old
round table from the restaurant.
I had my stereo from back east;
the library across the street
had CDs. I’d sign them out
then sit on the floor, head
between the speakers, trying to
find my way into the music.
Now I have a 20-year-old son.
I can’t afford a studio apartment.
I don’t have a job waiting for me.
I’m still trying to find my way
into whatever story the music is telling.

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21 November 2022
State College PA

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haiku: 11 November 2022 (and a break)

a million droplets
a million pixels
van life in the rain

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11 November 2022
State College PA

Day 600 of the haiku notebook project. I’m going to take a break from this project. I’m doing that for two reasons: I’d like to focus on longer poems, and I noticed that forcing myself to write a haiku every day means I sometimes write when I don’t have very much to say. I really like the form, but I’d like to take a little pause from it.

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22 months

As of today I’ve been living in a van for 22 months and I was going to set up a nice photo and use my tripod and pose a little bit and then I decided that after 22 months I would just snap a picture of myself in the driver’s seat after having just pulled up to the gym where I’m going to work out and shower and while still wearing the sweatpants and sweatshirt I slept in because honestly this is pretty much what the majority of van life is, being slightly stinky and finding vastly more complex ways to do incredibly simple things and then occasionally being somewhere pretty that you can take a photo of and also not paying rent, which is nice.

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haiku: 16 September 2022

mother nature’s stand-in
the tiny little fan
blows a tiny little breeze

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16 September 2022
State College PA

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haiku: 13 September 2022

raven on the lamppost
vans lined up beneath
testing the wind’s direction

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13 September 2022
State College PA

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POEM: The Song Of A Million Insects

The Song Of A Million Insects

I stood in the yard of my former wife’s house
and told you (across an ocean) that I worry
there’s no place for me in this world.

A year later I drive by that same yard
on my way to the trailhead
where I park my minivan in lieu of a life.

A million insects are singing
as the moon flirts with an appearance
from behind the smothering clouds.

There’s another minivan in the small gravel lot.
No lights showing inside, no sound.
Two minivans and a million tiny lives.

It’s a miracle to be here at all, I guess.
I have no good answer for Mary Oliver,
so I let the question hang.

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6 September 2022
State College PA

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haiku: 20 August 2022

fuzzy brain from the drive
soundwall of insect songs
at the trailhead

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20 August 2022
State College PA

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haiku: 19 August 2022 (#2)

an eagle drops like a rock into the river
rises with a fish in its talons
I crane my neck, steer around the curve

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19 August 2022
just outside Bethel VT

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