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  • Writer's pictureLauren L. Murphy

Thin Space No. 28: Taste Joy

The Question

Where are you finding joy these days?


The Intention



The Meditative Moment

In the poem “Refrigerator, 1957,” Thomas Lux writes about a jar of maraschino cherries. I love this poem: the imagery, the words, the sensations. But I struggle with it too. The last lines—I’m just not so sure about them: “You do not eat that which rips your heart with joy.” Why not? Why not sink your teeth into the thing that gives you joy? Taste it. Savor it. Roll it around on your tongue. Take time to enjoy something today: a sweet treat, a refreshing beverage, a kiss or touch, a long shower, dappled fall sunlight on your shoulder, a walk, a nap, laughter with a friend. Bite into that joy today.

Burren, Ireland

Originally sent August 28, 2023, to paid Substack subscribers. If you want to receive current Thin Space reflections, you can start a paid subscription here: You can choose to pay $75/year or $8/month.

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