Remember the small things, when they reach
closest to perfect: Meaning on the side
of the page opposite the binding;
the edges are frayed & used as
bookmarks; the less like new, the more
loved the book has been.
Don’t add relish
when you make deviled eggs. First, empty
the egg of its yolk. Then, after smashing
everything together with pepper, add the pickle
juice—that tangy, good flavor, without the chunky
relish stuff. Finally, add Paprika
once the egg whites are filled again and plattered.
Turn off the TV, and go
for a hike. Today, it’s beautiful
outside. If the loose rocks on the incline slope
make you slip, blame the shoes. Draw
a picture in your head: What if
the dream came true? It’s better not
to slip on your way up,
maybe, but if the climb were easy and
slip-free, who knows if you earned
your view of the city from the mountain?