The Order is Overwhelming

by Emanuelle Sippy

from Salt & Honey: Jewish Teens on Feminism, Creativity, and Tradition


Sometimes age is as muddled as life's unanswerable questions.


Arbitrary, in our cravings for adulthood and infancy.


Forget deciding--knowing alone is a task so cumbersome

that control is not envied but rather exiled.


When worry overpowers, I order life without



and choice.


But when fulfillment reaches its boil, life with makes my mouth water.


No, it's not prix fixe.


Forget knowing--life with requires deciding.



Orders rarely come as expected and

Orders, sometimes, don't come.



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