Good air quality today A house and a job Simplified hysteria Kitten antics No fights today Enough money to pay the bills Warm bed Glad I’m not a tool bureaucrat Family blue sky No pressure to leave the house Some quiet Witches Healthy now Have job New faucet Imaginal cells Laughs with family Singing with Phoenix Hildy in the bag I got the taxes done Wrote a stanza Good day at work I’m healing Phoenix got some sleep Trudy gave us handmade masks Danced with P to Hamilton Protective nervous systems No housework Making warm milk for bedtime Slept in Phoenix saying breathe with me Diagnostic relief Hit my step goal Hugs & a power walk Calm down plan Wild sky A handwritten letter from Anthony Kevin put up the new patio lights Making french toast Wrote a poem today Attempts at letting go Day off Melatonin Hildy sleeping under my dresses Had 15 minutes alone Kevin killed a black widow Five minutes of wilderness Disbanded Minneapolis Police Dept. 15 years together Bee-sting #NoFilterWorkTalk Family Protest Sign Making Today we marched Dog belly Drinking tea in the yard My back stopped hurting Permission to put up the trampoline Hike by the river Vietnamese takeout Baldwin Sunset over the mountain Audre Lorde Grateful that Grandma died peacefully Grateful we’re not reopening the library yet Crickets and cats My mom Learning to play the ukulele Taking a knee with Phoenix BLM Gratitude for the protestors in Portland Hope and gratitude for fungi & mycelia Vanilla milkshakes Soft-boiled eggs Memories of my grandmother Basic needs met Can walk in my neighborhood without being perceived as a threat Grace, wisdom, and grit Stand up comedy Video chat with friends in New York Braiding Sweetgrass Cicadas that triggered me Unemployment check Family time and nachos Lichens Mutualistic symbiosis 3-day weekend ahead Making breakfast Kevin dying my hair Morning hike with Phoenix Perseverance Redwoods We are safe at home tonight as fires ravage around us Rose gelato Poltergeist the musical Survived the winding drive No headache today Air quality improving End of the world birthday paleta Being ok with failure Everything is in everything
August 29, 2020
Melissa Eleftherion (she/they) is a writer, a librarian, and a visual artist. She is the author of field guide to autobiography (The Operating System, 2018), & numerous chapbooks, including little ditch (above/ground press, 2018) & trauma suture (above/ground press, 2020). Born & raised in Brooklyn, Melissa created, developed, and co-curates The SFSU Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange with Elise Ficarra. She now lives in Northern California where she manages the Ukiah Library, teaches creative writing, & curates the LOBA Reading Series. Recent work is available at www.apoetlibrarian.wordpress.com.