“Marry yourself,” she said as I sank into the water.
You know, a warm bath at 2am
sure does beat being alone in that big bed–
but, then again, I’m used to it.
People say I’ve lived simply;
Others say I’m simply free.
What if simplicity is the source of freedom?
What if taking vows with hand and foot,
belly and white-rose hips makes me
into the most expressive me?
What else is there to do while I sit back
on my pillow, awaiting a call from a boy
that will not complete me?
For I am whole, never alone, but with me.
And if all people could aspire to look
in the mirror, out the door, into other’s eyes
with the same confident velocity
this young woman has brought me today–
well, I know this world could be better.
It would be knowingly complete.
based on Tracy McMillan’s TED video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3fIZuW9P_M
June 12, 2014