I like
eating doughnuts from a bag
in the sun
standing in a parking lot
with so-so coffee.

I like
talking with someone I don’t know
and inviting them up for the weekend.

I like two days of intense studio visits.

I like learning, and teaching; seeing
and thinking; and the connection I then feel.

I like that I cry when this happens.

That’s okay
if a little odd.

I like that I can do this, and I like that it reminds me of when I couldn’t connect.
It’s like paying myself back
For past loss.

And the emotional storm that inevitably comes after, when I’m alone?

I like that, too.

For John Burtle, and Franco Casrilla, and David Bell and Ed Johnson
and for Karen Lofgren
Teachers and learners all.
Somewhere on Laurel Canyon,
on the morning of October 18, 2013.

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