old (2007), Uncategorized

it’s hot in the poor places tonight

Lots of bad news is circulating in my world today: my boss’ boss’ baby died (after surgery, after being born two-months premature in August) & a close friend lost her job (as of Jan 1) & a former student of mine dropped out of school after her alcoholic ex-boyfriend beat her so badly both of her arms were broken. Meanwhile, except for going out to teach, I’ve been huddled up in my apartment for two days, mostly lying on the couch and watching (arguably) bad television and listening to iTunes. I don’t know if I’m hibernating or renewing my reserves or avoiding reality or protecting myself from the bad things that lurk outside my door, but I feel guilty being so safe and warm inside when so many other people are hurting out there. I think it’s maybe time to wake up and venture outside.