A day with Lindsey in New York

Yesterday, I ditched work (well told THEM I was ditching work) and Linds and I hopped on a bus with a few sleepy-eyed commuters and hit NYC. It’s refreshing and exhausting and over stimulating and sometimes near impossible to open up, let open, my skin the way maybe I should in a city. But I revised poems while Linds was sleeping on the bus, I saw a light bulb on in the middle of a heart. Beautiful people in beautiful hipster shoes. Drank a brew at 3 in the afternoon. Learned never again to be in an elevator in the Natural History Museum. Learned never to be a school teacher at the Natural History Museum. Learned I may never go to the Natural History Museum again over the Met or the MOMA. Ate scoops of chocolate, coconut gelato. And walked and walked and walked and buzzed and said out loud how scared of getting a tattoo I was, but thought it and wanted it anyway. The lady I’ve been eying lives in this city.
And I went to bed late and dreamed thick heavy dreams and awoke too early and have been running around so much this weekend (State College, PA for a work award ceremony), NYC yesterday that this morning when I went to my therapy appointment (only realized an hour before) I cried and I cried and I cried but felt like a poet who hasn’t taken care of herself. A hammock perhaps if it could please stop raining. Sun hugs. I need sun hugs and grassy breezes and silence on a hard-working heart.

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2 Responses to A day with Lindsey in New York

  1. I feel just the way you do when in NYC, Rachel. I love it, I love it – and am easily ‘whelmed and worn out by it. I reach saturation point in cities very quickly; give me a quick, saturated visit followed by wilderness spaces. . . An amber-coloured beer at 3.00PM would have been the perfect battery charger ; ). Your toasted sandwich inspires me to want to go and make one for myself as a kind of post-midnight-can’t-sleep-because-of-jetlag-feast. Yum. Are you planning to go back to NYC any time soon? My best friend from Cape Town has an exhibition opening there this evening (at Amaridian) and I know you would absolutely love her work. She’s the friend whose porcelain sound vessels I took down to Antarctica with me, to play and record in those vast spaces. . . Sigh. L, C x

    • rachvb says:

      I think the perfect blend is a city close to the wild. I need both. They complement each other in such strange ways. The yin and yang. The beer was wonderful! A sweet Mai Bock. Beer has such a calming way about it. And it tastes so damn good. What better to do at midnight when you can’t sleep!! EAT!!!!! and maybe drink a beer 😉
      I think I may be going back soon, possibly before the end of the summer for sure. Where is the exhibition? How long is it running? It sounds wonderful, her porcelain was/is so beautiful. Oh you told me the place (Amaridian?) I’ll have to check it out. thanks! It’s wonderful you are mentally going back to those vast spaces. They seem so peaceful.
      But I’m glad you are back. xoxo

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