Howard Firkin
for Lizzie
Careers are over-rated. Set your sights
on something higher: worship God in ways
that don’t require belief. Be one who prays
with kisses given/taken deep on nights
when stars fall, calling like small waves on sand.
Not everybody has a calling; so
be grateful you can hear a thousand voices;
delight in being unconfined by choices
that others use to write on labels. Know
that you will know life they won’t understand.

You cannot make mistakes if you make joy.
The time is only yours that you have spent;
so spend up big and constantly. Employ
your life in living life. And fuck employment.