“We were together. I forget the rest.”

It Occupies A Space, That You Can Almost Pass Your Fingers Through

I’ve been gone a long time. So let’s not pretend I haven’t,  but let’s also glide past it, ok? Because I want to share this with you. It’s by one of my favorite artists, Lily Stockman, who is fast becoming not just that, but also a favorite writer and pause-giver.


Marriage is a distinct thing that one cannot see but it occupies space in the universe like an Idea or a Soul.


Which is to say:

It’s in the eggs you replace in the refridgerator

Like the child whose shoes you tie, whose tears you kiss and relish the salt

And when you pass each other in the living room and brush shoulders

The frisson of energy you feel is the Space you could almost pass your hand through,

and in which you glimpse the Future.


Thank you Lily.

Thank you, You. You occupy me, and as you do,  you expand my






One comment on “It Occupies A Space, That You Can Almost Pass Your Fingers Through

  1. nadya
    March 10, 2014

    love love love this. good to have you back!

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This entry was posted on March 6, 2014 by .

Jessica Clare

Preschool teacher, writer, trouble maker.

LIVES: Seattle. By way of Santa Fe, San Francisco, and NYC.
DAYDREAMS:Strong coffee. Gourmet magazine. Stinky cheese. Date night with new strappy heels. Green chile. Going back to India. Unabashed displays of love. Vegetable gardens. Clean sheets. Unruly stacks of books. Breaking Bad marathons. Writing like Joan Didion ,Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Joseph Stroud. Cookbooks. French 75s. Sequins with jeans. Leaving love notes.
BELIEVES: “A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation, and a foundation for inner security.” Albert Einstein “The important thing is not to think much but to love much and so do that which best stirs you to love.” St. Teresa of Avila “People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances without own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” Joseph Campbell

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