Carpe What?

by Drora Matlofsky

These days people talk a lot
about enjoying the moment.

It makes sense to enjoy
a day at the beach,
your grandson's birthday
or the satisfaction brought on by pursuing a project,

but I confess,
even though the great Zen masters
wax poetic over soap bubbles,
I'd rather think of the beach,
my grandson
or my projects
while washing the dishes,

and I have yet to learn to enjoy the moment
at the dentist's.

Drora Matlofsky has been living in Jerusalem since 1984. Her poetry in English has appeared in various poetry and Jewish magazines and her poetry in French can be found on the Poésie Française site.

Last updated July 09, 2015