May 2004

Happy thought for the day

May 24, 2004

I’m getting on a plane in a couple hours, and I miss you already. I’ll be gone for almost two weeks. While I’m gone, will you do me a favor? Tell me a good thing. Tell me twenty. Tell each other good things every day, like “That’s a nice shirt” or “You really listen to […]


A bottle of red wine

May 19, 2004

I knew there was a long list of To-Do’s starving for my attention, but when Rima offered me a glass of red wine I couldn’t resist. I stretched out on the futon, took small, slow sips, and talked to her and Eric about art and writing and love. And when they craved a smoke, I […]


Off into the sunset

May 18, 2004

I was thisclose to riding a horse on Sunday. I have never gone horseback riding and I am a little bit terrified of the idea, which is why I knew I had to do it. Okay, so I’m not that brave. First, I tried to weasel my way out of it. “You guys can go,” […]


My friends, the Fishers

May 17, 2004

As if my love for the Fishers didn’t run deep and wide enough. Now I have two hundred reasons to adore them even more: Six Feet Under: Better Living Through Death, a 208-page history of the family’s life. The beautifully designed and bound book includes such treasures as Nathaniel’s letters to Ruth from Vietnam to […]


Room to read

May 11, 2004

My dear, Today I have a request. I’m leaving for vacation in less than two weeks and I want to bring a book or five with me. I don’t want to tell you what kind of books I like. Rather, I am curious to know what kind of books you like. If you were going […]


Early summer

May 10, 2004

The days are swirling with activity, and I feel summer breathing down my neck. It seems like yesterday that I was making plans for the oh-so-distant months of June, July and August. Now it’s mid-May, soon I’m going to the Philippines and soon after that I am going to work on a new project that […]


Poem In Your Pocket Week: Day 5

May 7, 2004

ForgetfulnessThe name of the author is the first to go followed obediently by the title, the plot, the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel which suddenly becomes one you have never read, never even heard of, as if, one by one, the memories you used to harbor decided to retire to the southern hemisphere of the […]


Poem In Your Pocket Week: Day 4

May 6, 2004

joy“don’t cry, it’s only music,” someone’s voice is saying. “no one you love is dying.” it’s only music. and it was only spring, the world’s unreasoning body run amok, like a saint’s, with glory, that overwhelmed a young girl into unreasoning sadness. “crazy,” she told herself, “i should be dancing with happiness.” but it happened […]


Poem In Your Pocket Week: Day 3

May 5, 2004

i carry your hearti carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart) i am never without it (anywhere i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling) i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want no world (for […]


Poem In Your Pocket Week: Day 2

May 4, 2004

Wild GeeseYou do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes […]


Poem In Your Pocket Week: Introduction

May 3, 2004

It’s never too late to celebrate a good thing, so in honor of National Poetry Month — which was last, not this, month — and especially because I love the idea of keeping a poem in my pocket, I’m going to post a poem a day this week. Enjoy! Today’s poem >>


Poem In Your Pocket Week: Day 1

made in the u.s.a.i think i lost my father’s jacket. the beat up navy blue one, with its threads all worn, sleeves all stained and zipper broken. it was his first jacket here in america, the cloth as old as i. he doesn’t even know i’ve been wearing it, dragging it to school with me, […]


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