I’ve logged more experience than most with simplicity and the complexity you discover inside simplicity, minimalism and asocial behavior, endurance and landscape.
Here is the truth: I think some deep wisdom inside me (a) sensed the stress, (b) was terrified for me, and (c) gave me something new and hard to focus on in order to prevent me from lapsing into a despair coma — and also to keep me from having a jelly jar of wine in my hand.
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Susan Hankla has worked as a poet-in-the-schools in Virginia since 1973. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Southern Poetry Review, and Open Places. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she is presently working on an illustrated novel.
I was a child with a peculiar and passionate hunger for the peppermint in toothpicks when I went on a lion hunt with Opal Lavender, who was my favorite person and one of my own people.