the longest list

it's like i'm on the last leg of a marathon.  james keeps saying finish strong, but all i want to do is throw in the towel, walk to the nearest watering hole, and wash it all away.  i tell him, exasperated, while we're driving home tonight: i've written all there is to write.  i can't think of anything else to say.  and again, he says with conviction: finish stronglooking back, you won't regret it.  i know he's right.  he usually is.  so i will try.  if not for me, for you.

you see, the problem is: there are so many distractions.  there are the moments in life that beg to be lived...not in here, in the studio, nose to a painting, or on this machine, this illusory companion we call the computer, but out there.  out there are the walks at dusk to places where feet seldom go, walks with good friends, walks through tall thickets, through gnarls of silver driftwood cemeteries, through swampy wetlands and bull thistle forests, all along that magical river.  there, you can imagine and even sense the traces, natives fishing or coyote bedding down.  there, the energy of the land pulses so hard you can feel it in your veins too.  and you can imagine dropping everything, dropping it all just to lie in the sun dappled grass, between those trees, becoming feral, making a home, nestled in among the wilderness.

and then there's everything else that begs attention.  there are the dinners yet to be cooked, full of fish yet to be caught and vegetables yet to be grown.  there are the boxes yet to be sorted, and the home yet to be created.  in my head, i've begun making my master list, the list of everything i might just have time for when my one-a-day is finished, in just nineteen days.

 oh boy, is that list long.


  1. Lists are good. Lists are especially good when you feel like you've written all there is to write. They always tell a story, and sometimes the story is a surprise.

  2. i just wanted to say how great this blog has been. and how personal i take some of your posts. expecially this last couple weeks. i think it's really wonderful that you're taking a thirty day sobriety leading up to the culmination of your one a days. my ex-wife is an alcoholic, and has lost jobs (in the past and recently), and a marriage because of it. i just think that it's great that you're so open about talking about your experiences. i also know how stagnant it feels when you've said all you want to say in something and simply try and push through to the end. but if anyone can show perseverance i believe you can. also my sister has kind of a one a day blog, though with a simple idea to it. one picture, with a caption explaining why she chose the photo. it's called "hellofit". you might like it. http://hellofit.wordpress.com

    -Forrest Melim-