Lou Lipsitz
  • Lou Lipsitz
  • Have a nice day. Have a memorable day.
  • Have (however unlikely) a life-changing day.
  • Have a day of soaking rain and lightning.
  • Have a confused day thinking about fate.
  • Have a day of wholes.
  • Have a day of poorly marked,
  • unrecognizable wholes you
  • cannot fathom.
  • Have a ferocious day, a bleak
  • unbearable day. Have a
  • riotously unproductive day;
  • a grim jaw-clenched, Clint Eastwood vengeful
  • law enforcement day.
  • Have a day of raging, hair-yanking
  • jealousy and meanness. Have a day
  • of almost grasping
  • how whole you are; a finely tuned,
  • empty day.
  • Have a nice day of walking and circling;
  • a day of stalking and hunting,
  • of planting strange seeds and wandering in the woods.
  • Have a day of endearing nonsense,
  • of hopelessly combing your hair,
  • a day of yielding, of swallowing
  • hard, breathing more deeply,
  • a day of fondness for beetles
  • and macabre spectacles, of irreverence
  • about anything you want, of just
  • sitting and wondering.
  • Have a day of wondering if it’s
  • going to help, or if it just doesn’t matter;
  • a day of dark winds
  • and torrents flowing through the valley,
  • of diving into cool water
  • and gasping for breath,
  • a day of sudden hunger for communion.
  • Have a day when the crusts you each
  • were given are lost and you stumble
  • with your fellows
  • searching endlessly together.


Lou Lipsitz was born in Brooklyn in 1938 and was for many years a professor of political science at the University of North Carolina, where he taught democratic theory and political psychology. He is currently a psychotherapist in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with a focus on men’s issues. “Have a Day” is from his 2011 collection
if this world falls apart, which won the 2010 Blue Lynx Prize and is published by Lynx House Press. It is used with permission.

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