Blog Posts

  • “The Favorite” Lecture at Maine Media Workshops + College
  • In Reality

    For the longest time I thought I might become

    someone else.

    I could be Norwegian and learn the language well so people would say how

    no one could tell I wasn’t a native.

    My hair would miraculously turn blond.

    It would be ok to like sex.

    I like the sounds of their desserts.

    Or I could be a lawyer in Manhattan wearing crispy tight suits in black with very high heels and click click click across the court room floor stating my case with brilliant red lips and always winning.

    Rootless like a malformed carrot I

    refuse to flourish in one place.

    I know this is a  problem this rootlessness.

    It’s prevented me from 

    applying myself  to much of anything: love, housekeeping, friendship, home repair… you get the story. I kept a suitcase filled with cash hidden in my house and a bag packed with essentials which changed from month to month.

    Now my rootlessness fits right in. No one is going anywhere but everyone would like to be rootless.

    Where will I go when I can go anywhere?

    Hawaii because I can’t get the music of palm trees out of my head.

    Like Eloise, I could move into the Four Seasons hotel on the Big Island and go down to dinner every night sitting at the bar overlooking the lapping ocean generously tipping the bartender so that he always saved my seat.

    And oh yes there is the spa with palm leaves that rattle above your hut while you are having a massage. Preferably a Lomi Lomi massage and I don’t know what that is.

    I have entertained myself all day thinking of places I would like to go when I can go anywhere. Frankly, it may be better in my imagination. That’s been a life long problem of mine.

  • New word
  • Person of Interest

    “I bought a trailer because I joined a gang.

    My feet itched and my rain was shutting

    down so I became a nomad

    something I’ve always wanted to be.

    Some language has a word for it: people

    who don’t feel like they belong anywhere.

    That’s me. I’m pretty old so I was worried

    about camping places

    alone. Don’t get me wrong I’ve got two

    dogs but they haven’t been trained for

    anything

    but disobedience which I am fond of.

    I am old now so no one would be interested

    never knowing that I have a flipstack of cash

    stored in my hubcaps: left front and right

    rear.

    I’ve always liked going north.

    It doesn’t matter where I start

    I just like heading north.

    And I like it

    Alone”

    Taken from the Missouri Star interview with Lulu Roamer photographed in front of her Teardrop camper

  • Last Woman on Earth

    I am the last woman on earth.

    I live alone in my house and every day I do the Schedule:

    yoga, coffee, meditation, breakfast, look out the window, laundry,

    make the bed,

    take a shower, take a walk, lie on the floor, wait for the dogs to

    jump on me, eat stuff from the fridge,

    gaze into it awhile. Brush my hair.

    Add blush. Add mascara after thinking about how long it will take

    to remove later.

    No lipstick.

    Yesterday I considered a small glass of red wine with breakfast.

    I can’t remember the day.

    My neighbor’s new dog barks

    enough to make napping problematic.

    I drink a lot of tea with half and half and maple syrup which is

    tastier than sugar.

    After 6 my garage is a café for friends

    and dinner comes in white cardboard boxes. We slip food under

    our masks like horses with feed buckets or dogs with muzzles.

    We are dreamers who believe

    next month will bring hope back and neighbors come

    two by two

    like passengers on Noah’s Ark

    run aground and have a hard time leaving.

    I’m glad for the distraction and for the wine and anesthesia.

    I don’t tell anyone about the hopelessness.