Day 949, January 17, 2023
The same algorithm that shows me ads
for men’s underwear
and off brand viagra
also promotes wool slippers
and extravagantly patterned cardigans.
Titillate or lull.
That is the age I am at,
Where are the vacations in Turin,
the scuba diving lessons,
the vision quests?
Who needs a self improvement aid
guaranteed to do something in eight weeks,
at this stage?
I’m tired and have had a low level sore throat for weeks.
My body is doing something.
When I close my eyes
the ticking of the wood stove lurches
like an intoxicated metronome.
The fan of the humidifier
is the distant burble of a hot tub.
A man walks by in yellow striped speedo briefs
and drops into the water.
The dog sleeping on my lap
is slowly weaving threads of hair into my sweater.
my feet have a slight chill,
but relish in the freedom.