the persistent desire

December 16, 2011

i’m no buddhist.
by which i mean,
i thoroughly enjoy
and revel in

i desire desire,
in all its many forms:

an unfortunate combination of events meant i would not be able to do anything fun to honor my epic 27th birthday.
(it has special meaning for me)

my longing was all the more poignant because
veronica, my best friend in all the world
and former bitches get stitches model,
would be in new york city,
and had been pleading
with me to come too.

it wasn’t going to happen.

instead, my birthday would entail
a half-bottle of whiskey and blog post
enumerating the many things i want to have,
from extravagant designer leather goods
to a smile from the cute phd student
in the college of ______.
(i need some secrets)

languishing in pre-birthday despair,
i looked at all the $700 flights to nyc,
wishing somehow i would find a grand
tucked in my the crannies of my couch.

then, a miracle. the heavens opened up,
and the gods’ light shone down
on poor, wayward graduate student, steven a.,
offering me a round trip flight to nyc for $160.

to any of my peeps in the nyc,
my stay there will be brief.
so let’s coordinate a time
for us to meet up so you
can give me my presents.

happy birthday to me, bitches!

19 Responses to “the persistent desire”

  1. Nicole Says:

    So happy for you! Have an amazing 27th birthday in the Big Apple!!!

  2. Austin Val Says:

    Woo hoo! But don’t call me if you get arrested: I don’t have a NY law license.

  3. Natalie Says:

    Happy birthday! Have a great trip.

  4. astrbear Says:

    Happy birthday, dahling! Have a grand time in NYC.

  5. Allison Says:

    I love when the universe opens up doors like that. Makes it all the more sweet.

  6. Kathy Popoff Says:

    Have a wonderful epic 27th birthday Steven!! Wishing you all the best.

  7. Brooke Says:

    HEY BITCH.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY.. dress warm, don’t forget knitting on the plane.. and I have to whip out the “mom card” and tell you what i tell my own kids when partying on their birthday “be careful and use a condom”… have a great time – post pics….

  8. Yvonne Says:

    Enjoy, and if you see Eric Ripert, blow him for both of us. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Sally at Rivendale Farms Says:

    Happy birthday indeed! Gotta love when the universe shows up with a present. Have a great trip!

  10. Lizz Says:

    Have a fantastic, epic birthday in the city!! Hit up Purl Soho and Strand, for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. yokoo Says:

    “I desire, desire” LOL You are too funny! Hope you have a lovely time in nyc! Happy Birthday Doll!!!

  12. Cheryl Says:

    Happy birthday!

  13. Audry Says:

    It was meant to be! Hope you have an amazing time in New York.

  14. anonymous Says:

    Thanks Brooke. And NO TATTOO young man. Think he’ll listen? Mom guilt sometimes works, right? Especially when paired with Mom card.

  15. Sunnyknitter Says:

    Have an amazing trip and hope you have a year where all your desires come true.

  16. Carol P Says:

    Happy birthday Steven! Have a fantastic time in the Big Apple!

  17. Hilary Says:

    Whoa! $160?? Someone out there must be looking out for you.

    Happy birthday and have an AMAZING time in NYC!

  18. Hope Musick Says:

    Happy birthday! What a lucky find! Enjoy!

  19. […] no, i shan’t go down that road again yes yes, i’m a bit weird about birthdays. but it’s one of those idiosyncrasies that makes you love me, right? so i’ll just […]

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