Where do those moments go, the ones
where you feel perfectly content, like your
place in the world is perfect and guaranteed
and you are where you’re meant to be? They
appear so unexpectedly:
looking out the window
at the kitchen sink as you pour your second
cup of coffee, beneath the old magnolia
with your hands in the dirt, on the ferry landing
at the clang of the streetcar and the river breeze
in your face.
The sun shines on your head
and you feel it’s soothing warmth traveling to the
ends of every nerve in your body, a butter balm
tasting so right in your soul. In the quiet
of those moments you are strong and when
they pass you’re left with a little more
endurance for life’s noise.
I always chop the olives by hand.
I like a rough chop that says
someone still cares about
the preparation of food instead
of settling for little identically
square bits popped out by a
steel thing attached to a cord
that gives it life.
The knife and I give new life to these
olives; messy, uneven life such
as it is. The earthy texture of the
black and the pungency of the green will
soon mix with onion, pimento and the
special piquant of a home-canned Gardiniera.
Aaron Neville croons “Tell It Like It Is”
in my ear as I chop in time to the beat,
the heft of the knife comfortable in
my hand, the flesh of the olives
relenting to the steel determination
of the blade.
Inspired by The Tavern Lantern’s “Year End Top Ten” feature, which I’ve been enjoying very much, I decided to make my own Top Five Lists. Consisting of five instead of ten items because I’m into shorter, smaller, more minimal. And I think some list posts are too long. (Not counting TL’s.) So, here we go.
5 Lit Journals and/or Zines I Read Regularly in 2014
5 Blogs I Read Regularly in 2014
Roxane Gay’s Blog (Although, lately there’s less blogging and more linkage to her articles and promotions.)
A Beetle With Earrings
5 Books of Fiction That Amazed Me in 2014
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Hagridden by Sam Snoek-Brown
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Wild Life by Kathy Fish
5 Books of Poetry That Amazed Me in 2014
Body and Soul by Julie Kane
What We Carry by Dorianne Laux
Blue Horses by Mary Oliver
All Night It Is Morning by Andy Young
Waiting for Better by Matt Dennison
5 Amazing Songs I Listened to Repeatedly in 2014
Sweet Old World by Lucinda Williams
How Come You Never Go There by Feist / Remix by Beck
New Favorite by Alison Krauss and Union Station
Dream of Life by Patti Smith
Baby Can I Hold You by Macy Gray
You can listen to these and other songs I like by women on my Spotify Playlist, Women.
Sorry I didn’t link to everything but I’m lazy like that. Plus, everything is Googleable. 😉