Another of Millicent Borges Accardi’s poems to celebrate– this time one that allows us to see ourselves in another’s wish to amend her life. Here’s how this inspiring poet thinks and writes about earning the ability to have it all.

On a Theme by William Stafford

If I could be like Wallace Stevens,

I’d fold my clothes into the bureau

drawer instead of living

from a suitcase.  I’d hang up my long

coat in the closet and really move


I’d cook food in my room on a hot

plate, then open up the window for

the neighbors.  With my tongue

pursed like a stick, I’d push my ice

cream all the way down to the end,

so that even the last bite contained

both cone and cream.

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