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