Sunday Poems 59: Putting life in boxes

I started using a new planner fifteen days ago. It's got a black cover and is small enough to fit in the pocket and the hand. New year, new attempt at keeping organized. Everything has its own spot: what I ate, what I did, what I want to do, who I saw, and birthdays, of course.

I find social media has made birthdays harder. The internet tells us when our friends' birthdays are, but doesn't distinguish between our good friends and our acquaintances. Relying on facebook means we learn too late. There's no time to send a card. A cascade of happy birthdays on a social media feed ends up watering them down to meaninglessness. I have written in my planner the birthdays of the people I care the most about. Maybe those days will feel bigger this year.

Sunday is a great day to make a new cocktail. There’s that book on your shelf you bought years ago because it looked great, and it was great. For whatever reason you have never made anything from it. Matching up what you have in the cupboard to what the recipes call for takes some time, but it's not a grocery store day. Shaking the drink is loud but the first sip is very quiet. You refill the ice cube trays.

Below is a poem. Consider passing it on to someone who might enjoy it. As always, I’m here if you need to chat. Sunday Poems continues to be supported by a few generous backers over on Patreon. If you have an extra dollar or two a month and you appreciate reading these, please consider becoming a Patreon backer, so that I can dedicate more time to writing on this blog. Have a great week, everybody.

calling card pocket

you can forget
and you call them
on sunday evening
like it’s any other night.

we are brickwork of trust,
as we thought we were
completely in control,
the sky is broken.

you almost connected
the electrical wires
to the small cloud
frozen in your room.

it’s not worth trying
to sleep under it
and your white mask
doesn't help a bit.

Theodore Fox is a poet living on Treaty Six land in Canada.
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