Touch

a picture of the poem, written on a typewriter

Internal energy stored
kinetic, almost hyper
Longing for contact
Longing to be used to its potential.
Released by your touch
Released by your presence.
Contact allows flow
at first, bottlenecked by excitement
then steady and constant
Kinetic, almost hyper
Waiting for that touch.

This week’s gratitude

This week I’m grateful:

  • for hot coffee in the mornings and cold brew (over ice) in the early afternoons.
  • for stores and companies that make it easy to return purchases.
  • for a workweek with minimal meetings.
  • for the quiet that comes with decreasing the time spent on social media sites.
  • for an oven that’s working again.
  • for Star Trek Lower Decks and all of their Easter eggs, as well as hearing Jeffrey Combs’ voice for another character in another Trek franchise.
  • for made-at-home breakfast tacos that turned out to be easily the best things we ate this week.

I did not charge overnight

a picture of the poem, written on a typewriter

I did not charge overnight
forgetting to plug in the devices.
This morning, they are drained
as am I
waking up feeling more tired than before
turning in last night.
I envy those devices
now plugged in and
receiving direct energy
As that luxury eludes me
as I turn on another device
and another
and another
So that I may smile and nod before
my colleagues
on screen
Battery drained.

This week’s gratitude

This week I’m grateful:

  • for pizza, delivery, and pizza delivery.
  • for work calls that start off with a “quick question” but then evolve to just hanging out and chatting for a little while, if only to keep each other company.
  • for the silence at the end of a cd, after playing it all the way through.
  • for Ezra Furman’s music being prominently featured on Sex Education. His music really (IMHO) matches the overall tone of the show.
  • for cooler mornings and evenings, spent on my patio.
  • that, once again, we have a season ending race between the Dodgers and the Giants for the division. Baseball at its best. Go Blue!
  • for seeing a Korean, Son Heung-Min, feature prominently in a Premier League match.

the moth joke gets me every time

Macdonald once talked about an uncle dying of cancer, skewering how we now describe people suffering from that disease as “waging a battle” because that means the last thing you do before you die is lose. “I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure that if you die, then the cancer also dies at the same time,” Macdonald said on Comedy Central. “That to me is not a loss. That’s a draw.”

via The New York Times.

I have watched Norm Macdonald deliver “the moth joke” a few times since his passing and laugh every time. His delivery and humor is certainly unique, and it resonated with me. He is still one of my favorite SNL Weekend Update anchors.

RIP, Norm Macdonald.