Yes, and

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There’s a stretch of my insides
that doesn’t work right
now and then

To keep it happy
I have to put certain things
down there
and keep certain other things
away

Forever

(Which
in case you didn’t know
is as long a time
as there is)

So I can think about
all the things that can’t go down there
or I can think about
all the things that can
like a glass
half-full or empty
or luck
that’s good or bad

Or
I can do both

I can think about pizza
and applesauce
I can think about donuts
and cheese
French fries and orange juice
Cupcakes and cucumbers
Thank-you-drive-thru and peppermint tea

They all live in my world anyway
whether I send them to my insides
or not

And if I can make a world
where things that I choose
and the things I do not
can live together

Maybe I can begin to embrace
and understand
and include
instead of fear.

Yes, and
instead of
Yes, but

And yes,
it will take some doing

And yes,
I will slip

And yes,
it will probably make me crazy
from time to time

On the other hand
this hasn’t?

This has worked so well
for me
for the world
for millenia
this “Yes, but…”?

This faux-accepting
fully dismissive
discussion-stopper
of a so-called conjunctive?

How much can something join us
if it’s pushing us apart?

Yes. And.

Yes,
it has always been this way

And
it is time to change.

Now, and forever.

xxx
c

Image by Allerina & Glen MacLarty via Flickr, used under a Creative Commons license.

10 comments

  1. Oh, dear me, yes!

    Unless otherwise noted—and I will ALWAYS note, because giving credit where credit is due is one of the five things that makes the world go ’round—all crap on this here weblog is wrote by me.

    And thank you for your kind words!

  2. LPC – Thank you. And anyone who’s grammar is so exquisite 99.9999% of the time gets a free pass on the typos. (YOU SEE WHAT I DID WITH THAT “WHO’S”? HUH? HUH? Meta-joke, that was!)

    Jim – Them was the days. We’ll get back there, me and the flesh jump rope. Thanks.

  3. I have exquisite grammar? You do this for a living. You just made my goddamn day. And, and nice trick with the apostrophe. They can be lethal weapons in the right hands.

  4. LPC – I can’t believe I’m saying this, but you’re a credit to your class. There. I said it. (No lightning yet!)

    Ari – Ha! No, that is one illegal salad, yessirree!

  5. At its best, its Platonic ideal at least, my class relies on meritocracy to build its ranks. So credit from a master is the highest good.

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