Poetry

That May Be, 20 (141.)

Eventually all the swiping
leads to frustration, and I want to type a sarcastic bio
that says something like
“Currently looking for the only woman who doesn’t give a shit
about hikes, wine, or fucking yoga.”
(Yoga fucking, on the other hand … )
Then I stop myself, and I think about
how people call all those things “basic,” as in,
you’re a basic bitch for digging those things,
but in my head my jeering repetition of
“Basic, basic, basic” just sounds childish,
so I give it a second thought. A third thought.
If it’s basic for people to enjoy the outdoors,
to look after their own health and wellness,
and to responsibly drink a glass of wine
(for heart health, you know),
then haven’t we reached some kind of wellness milestone?
Like, shouldn’t it be good that more people are taking time
to appreciate the world, to get to know it better,
and to improve themselves?

There’s a whole other perspective,
of course.
Not everyone can afford
some of the more “outdoorsy” activities,
id est (i.e. ends up meaning “in other words,” I just looked it up)
hunting, kayaking, climbing, shooting, fishing, boating, adventuring,
fuck,
it seems that just going on adventures is expensive nowadays.
Ah, the privilege to wander far into mountains and deserts
in a ruggedly pricey automobile
with all the regalia of that “basic” status.

I’m getting sarcastic again.

It really is a privilege though,
and before you stop to tell me
that all it takes to go on an adventure
is a full set of clothing and the will to meander,
keep in mind that not everyone has the time or energy to do that shit.
It might not be totally safe for everyone to simply wander around outside.
(I realize this is written in the time of COVID, so of course, most of us
are staying inside.)
But in the world not stunted by the pandemic,
it’s a privilege just to walk around safely and comfortably.

I’m rambling now.
Let me try to make a point.
More power to the people who want to go on adventures,
who really enjoy exploring the world and staying healthy –
if you can do this, I’m happy for you.
Perhaps it’s good
that for one part of the populace
all this fervor over health and wellness
has been deemed basic.

Maybe it’s time we work
to make good health, wellness, and happiness
a basic and attainable state of being
for every person.

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