A new job, a new lover, a new school, or just wanderlust licking
the soles of your feet.
You will know when it is time to go.
Sometimes it helps to bring someone along with you, or to meet someone there.
You can meet your lover there, or bring your dog along.
Sometimes it's nice to go alone.
Find a place to live.
Look for a home that feels like vacation, somehow.
You'll need to take all your things off of your shelves and out of your cabinets.
You can get boxes at liquor stores.
You can steal a thick stack of newspapers
like the free ones that advertise cars
or the other free ones that advertise local bands
out of the graffitied plastic racks outside the grocery store.
They are good for wrapping the things that might break.
Only bring what you really need.
You will have to buy the packing tape.
If you are rich, pay someone to pick up all your boxes
and carry them out of your place
and load them into a truck
and drive them to your new city
and take them
box by breaking box
into your new home.
If you are not, you'll need to do these things yourself.
Of course, you can't do it by yourself. Your things are too heavy,
Take the friends who rescue you out for pancakes.
Pancakes cost less than movers anyway.
Pay attention to the drive, or the flight, that takes you to your new city.
Remember where the trees start looking different.
You might leave something there.
Get good directions and
eat breakfast every morning. You are tired.
You are not normal right now.
But take heart--
Soon you'll get there and suddenly you're there.