"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow" - Amana Colony, Iowa, Sept 14.
To buy a potted plant is to admit both faithlessness and need. To water
the plant, perhaps daily, perhaps once in a while when you remember and
the leaves start to droop, is as close to love as it gets.
Other things mean other things.
To light a lamp is to hide darkness in the same closet as sleep, along
with silence, desire, and yesterday’s obsessions. To read a book is to
marry two solitudes, the way a conversation erases and erects, words
prepare for wordlessness, a cloud for its own absence, and snow
undresses for spring.
The bedroom is where you left it, although the creases and humps on the
sheets no longer share your outline and worldview. In that way, they
are like the children you never had time for.
A cooking pot asks the difficult questions: what will burn and for how long and to what end.
TV comes from the devil who comes from god who comes and goes as he
pleases. To hide the remote control in someone’s house is clearly a
sin, but to take the wrong umbrella home is merely human.
The phone is too white to be taunting you. The door you shut stays
shut. The night is reason enough for tomorrow, whatever you believe.
Remember, the car keys will be there after the dance. Walls hold peace
as much as distance. A kettle is not reason enough for tears.
The correct answer to a mirror is always, yes.