On Privilege

066701f025126fe534e383519b98b358“When you have no choice, you have to learn how to relate
to what life brings you. You can’t weave a comfortable cocoon.” — Ken McLeod

Some days you wake up
in a hurry, sixteen degrees out

and at least twelve of them
wafting in through the window.

You rise, lucky to pour coffee–
your children snug in bed,

a holiday is coming
and you want to shower

everyone you love with gifts
so you pull your hood tighter

around your crazy head
to head out into the cold

considering the woman
working double shifts

and taking classes
on three hours of sleep

while those who have
the luxury of rest

glorify nothingness as a gateway
to spiritual awakening.

My own house may be rich
with shadows, warm-blooded

contracts written and sealed
next door to otherwise,

bootstraps and winter boots
heaped by the sliding doors

of memory. And somewhere
not far from these front steps

she has already begun
doing what needs to be done,

not pausing for fear or fantasy,
her yawn so wide

it would swallow whole
the myth that poverty

is a series of poor choices.

3 thoughts on “On Privilege

  1. daniel says:

    And then this: “When you have no choice, you have to learn how to relate
    to what life brings you. You can’t weave a comfortable cocoon.”

    you know, I was jolted out of my supposed comfort zone last year by reading a little of Pema Chodrin She made it clear that you have to accept everything going on in you right now–whether anxiety, hurt, depression–even happiness (which will change). That all progress starts from loving kindness TO YOURSELF. Staying right in the moment. That woke me up. Having done Zen for years a long time ago, I had drifted away from this and now it helps me to be much more centered. I think there is no other Reality.

    Thank you for your posting, Jena.

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