Why is it all so difficult?

This week I successfully defended my graduate thesis, and am now more or less at the end of my MFA program. Which is to say, I am now at loose ends. It’s an interesting sensation: satisfied, yet adrift.

I think the best way to describe how I feel right now is to lead you all to Stephen Dobyns’s excellent poem “How to Like It.” The drawing above is in response to the lines:

The dog says, Let’s go to sleep. Let’s lie down
by the fire and put our tails over our noses.

Read the entire poem here, and then come over and help me make the tallest sandwich anyone’s ever seen.