He sent a song to this friend, a book recommendation to that one. To another he suggested a blend of tea, and to another, a movie he’d cried over. Little by little these seed packets traveled out into his universe, occasionally taking root in the soul of a loved one, who years later would put on an album on an autumn day and be cheered by the music and would remember him, and in this way, he became eternal.
1. Why am I not making myself a priority in my life? (The Tower) This ties in with something I was thinking about yesterday, which is that I am too focused on the end of this phase of my life and the beginning of the next one, and not focused enough on the person who is actually going through the ending and the beginning.
2. Why do certain situations and/or people supersede my self-care? (Page of Swords) I have a tendency to look outside myself for solutions. To new people, new situations, new jobs. It’s not that those things and people can’t be valuable parts of my life, but I still need to do the major internal work of looking after myself and creating healthier habits.
3. What is truly at the heart of me neglecting my needs? (The Devil) I have conflicting attachments: a real desire not to take part in the rat race, and a need to be safer and more comfortable than I am. It’s hard to know how to serve both masters.
4. How can I create the spaciousness that I need to just be? (Death) Rather than the various interpretations traditionally suggested by this card, I think it’s equally useful to instead take it as a reminder that time is both limited and of unknown duration. If not now, when? This does sometimes lead to me being open in a way that can be painful, but that’s better than the alternative. I think.
5. Are there any boundaries that need to be reexamined or asserted? (Page of Pentacles) I would like to make my next life decision with the knowledge of my own worth, not as an act of desperation.
6. Once I hold space for myself to breathe, what will root? (Ten of Wands) I feel that I’m close to some healthier way of being. But there is definitely hard work to be done to get there.
7. How can I continue to nourish myself, so I don’t fall into unhealthy patterns and habits, and which I am not a priority? (Wheel of Fortune) It would be helpful to put myself in a place of safety, where my basic needs are met. From there, other things can grow and thrive.
It hasn’t been my favorite day. So it’s a Red Sox podcast in bed. My eyes are burning from overuse & lack of sleep, but for some reason I’m still awake, fielding a few nighttime texts & thinking of the day pitchers & catchers report. I thought this would be the year I’d take a break from baseball, having seen one too many favorites decamp for greener pastures. But it hasn’t been my favorite day & the days ahead are hard to see, so instead I’ll turn this coal into a diamond in my mind, imagining the heroic young men squinting into the Boston sun. It’s a math problem, a Bach piece, a well-loved album playing softly as I search for sleep. It hasn’t been my favorite day. Play ball.
Night: James sings “Laid” on repeat. Ten minutes, twenty, half an hour, more. Searching a dark room for the sole source of light: encased in a glistening iceberg, the carpet wet from melting. I press my heart to the ice, feel the cold seep past my rib cage, hear the cracking. That snare drum again and again, the falsetto, his sensuous hands. Finally an opening; it fits my arm. I push in to the elbow, the shoulder, my skin sliding along the ice. My fingers close around a tongue of flame. Still the sound of the guitar. Still the sound of the guitar. “This bed is on fire…” The flames spread up my legs, to my hips, my chest. I dance, bare feet on the ice-cooled carpet. “This bed is on fire…” The falsetto, the hands, the hips, the drums, the melting of the ice, the fire.
An Instagram astrologer says Virgos are hard to love, reluctant to open up, guarded & managerial. Not one word of this applies to me, born on September 10 with my heart uncovered. I am not a manager. There are no bosses here. Only that same heart scarred & older. I gave it as a gift under a late-summer sky. It was returned to me, damaged. If I sit quietly I can hear the rush of blood like a subway train under a sidewalk. Mind the gap.
he is writing his little words thinking his little thoughts obsessed! says Gen Z or whomever or is it whoever whomever, almost certainly “Furry Sings The Blues” is playing on the turntable or it would be if he owned a turntable or a copy of the album instead he sips a hot cup of imported green tea actually that’s not true either & so he writes his little words & thinks his little thoughts obsessed!
today we’ll have no cake no candles no balloons no party hats no presents no wrapping paper no singing no silent wishes no paper plates no plastic forks no noise makers no confetti no jolly good fellows no and many mores no laughter no tears
I had stopped my daily haiku practice in the fall of 2022 after 600 consecutive days. I had no intention of resuming it in the new year, or of replacing it with anything else.
Then my friend Carolee Bennett, whose blog you should read, sent me an article on New Year’s Day about people with a daily haiku practice. Since it was the first day of the year, a day that fit nicely into my desire for projects to begin and end at obvious times, I decided to write a haiku. I also set a task on my to-do list that read simply: “haiku.”
I continued to write a daily haiku until January 18, when I didn’t. Then I wrote one on January 19. Then nothing until January 23. And so on. During the month I also wrote some longer poems when the inspiration visited me.
A few days ago, realizing that the daily haiku practice was reminding me of why I stopped last year, I changed the task on my daily to-do list from “haiku” to “write something.” That’s what I’m trying to do each day. It doesn’t need to be a haiku or a poem or a story or any specific thing. I just need to write something. I guess I mean something more than a photo caption or a tweet. Something that exists for its own sake, if that makes any sense.
Most days I’ve written something. As time passes, I’ll probably come up with a stronger feeling about what “write something” means to me. For now, though, I like that it’s nebulous. The idea is to just keep using my brain and heart via the medium of words. The rest will work itself out.