Good Lines for a Fortunate Life
(Inspired by “Lines for the Fortunate Cookies” by Frank O’Hara)
Just when you think you have arrived, the time changes.
I wonder if you know what you are thinking.
You will meet a stranger at Starbucks and exchange names.
You will travel to Paris and have breakfast at McDonald’s.
You will marry the first person you meet who has a sister.
The next person you dream about will try to take advantage of you.
That’s not a hat on your head, it’s your brain leaking.
At times, strangers may wonder what you are thinking.
Your first novel will be adapted for television.
If you write a poem, it will be famous.
Please check your messages for a reminder from the library.
Steven Spielberg is looking for you.
Drink some tea to relieve your conscience.
You may wonder what it means but others will understand.
I realize you drive an SUV, but that doesn’t mean you’ll live FOREVER!
Most people wish they could meet you.
You are a prisoner in a zoo and don’t know which animal you are.
What makes you think this is true?
In the end YOU will decide what you are thinking.
Now that you’ve arrived, where are you going?
Deborah Purdy lives outside Philadelphia where she writes poems and creates fiber art. Her poems have appeared in Gravel, Apeiron Review, Found Poetry Review, Apiary Online and other publications.