Try to live as slowly as possible –

don’t panic, it really it feasible:

take all day to get dressed,

for a week be obsessed

with watching paint dry. Marvel

                              as slowly as possible


over whether space is collapsible

in the very long run. Stay unstressed,

innocent, wondering, gullible –


avoid ever being sensible,

be jobless, slothful, indefensible,

unjustly, arbitrarily blessed.

And don’t fall in love – second-best

is having a heart only flammable

                              as slowly as possible . . .

Published in Snakeskin 261, May 2019