Vacation as a Condiment

There was a moment
no, wait
I think it was more than one
all strung together
seamlessly

a weave of ease
the calm
the nothing-to-do
nowhere-to-go
no-appointments-to-keep

just me
the Bohemian
and the definition
of vacation

Sudoku poolside
sunset wanderings
chocolate chunks and a fireplace
that French wine at midnight

whoops
no cell reception
ahhh
no internet connection
oh
well

how I felt
so much
exactly like myself
free
and unshackled
from looming have-to’s

yet even
in utopia
I could see that corner ahead
it would surely turn
me back
to all the scheduled chores

oh
how
to take that sense
of centered peace
and fullness
and bring it in
to a 5pm grocery shop
desktop bill pays
and a second grade multiplication quiz

What’s for dinner?

I’d like a giant helping
of vacationaise
please
a juicy condiment
right on top
of my main course

Jessica Dofflemyer ~ all rights reserved

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