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

obligation,

nuance,

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.

 

Because

Orders rarely come as expected and

Orders, sometimes, don't come.

 

 

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