Sarah Kobrinsky

Madeline Schmetterling’s Old World Words for Harmonious Living

for My Grandmother Eileen

When the sun rises, say Yes! When the moon rises, say Yes! again, but with more 
abandon. Don’t waste time on wishbones that are already broken. At night, leave 
bowls of saltwater by your bed to catch any unwanted dreams or demons. In the 
morning, let them go. Love everyone you can, even if they make you itchy. Don’t 
fret if your lover’s eyes wander elsewhere. If he’s not looking, he’s dead. Enjoy his 
pulse. When in doubt, if you have entered that country where no one understands a 
word you say, if there’s no other way, make men meat.