or is it fewer...I forgot
forgot the date my mother died
and many other important things.
I have rules for things that still matter
rules to go to sleep-with classic radio
and to wake-with espresso coffee
and to pray to heaven and the dead
to drive slowly- watch for deer darting on the side.
brush teeth often, after each meal
and to be grateful when it's sunny.
Do you remember feeding me
slices of peeled fig with honey and crushed
pistachio, one slice at a time
until we got sick of
We tried to break every rule then
not knowing that rules come in medicine jars.
Daily-over unslippery mats
I use no-tear shampoo
and watch my step
so not to end up
wet and naked
on the tile floor.
I rather prefer
the same weather
the same food
the same schedule
to order my
a path I can easily follow
but I feel quite new when something
out of the ordinary makes me forget all the rules.