Medicine for Existence

Medicine for Existence

by Eliot Michl

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Medicine for Existence 

by Eliot Michl

In terms of determining needs.
it takes a lot of packing and unpacking
and repacking before you can truly
let go of things. It’s the things that
weigh you down. Anchors, like bath
towels, sopping wet — pulling you
toward the Earth like an astral body

Pulled by the nearest star. What
then, do you need? Really need
that you can’t buy? Passport.
Shoes that don’t pinch. Credit cards.
If you don’t sit still too long it’s
hard to get replacements of those
but not impossible. What else then?

Medicine. Hard to find. Impossible
sometimes. I keep a few — very few
pieces of art for a place I’m to own
again one day. Rent at least. For
a while. For all things go and
maybe that’s why we cling to
things like medicine for existence.

A salve to soothe the seams where
all of our pieces have been hastily
stitched together. A patchwork life, 
where the diseased portions have
been hacked out and discarded
along the way like the drawstring
elephant pants from Thailand.

 

“Medicine for Existence” by Eliot Michl first appeared in Shock Treatment. © Eliot Michl, 2017. Reprinted with permission.