Anastasia Sara Kaufman

Anastasia Sara Kaufman

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Collector

I am a collector.

A dusty shelf in the attic

shelters romantic smirks like plaques
It is home to hundreds of ephemeral smiles
And plasticine memories, wax once reflected as Gold
now malleable by time
Love’s lost sparkle and shine, molded and changed.
Yet nothing is rearranged, collecting dust bunnies.
Dead left for display.
Figurines boyfriends set nestled in with crystals and candles
Dried rose petals
I can’t seem to rid myself of their bodies. Pieces of them left deep inside of me. I dig them out and put them up. (Maybe if I can look at them objectively they wont make me so sick and heavy…?)
One boy left his dick on the shelf. I kept it even though the rotting flesh left a constant reminder of what was. And One boy left a whole arm! Sometimes I take it down from the shelf and lay my head against my favorite contour of bicep. There is no warmth to help me sleep.
There are scattered freckles of all shades and sizes from each boy. The one brown one from one love’s inner thigh, the one from right behind the other love’s ear, a bottom lip freckle and a collar bone mole.
It’s not just the shelf I keep loaded with my loves.
My purse is heavy too. My purity weighed down.
I carry them everywhere I go. I wrap them in bubbles and flesh. Fold them into my stomach and tuck them behind my ribs. I feel them when I sit on the bus, I feel them as they dig at me when work gets slow and I stair off at a dark window. Thinking…
My figurines are puppies, some even made of chocolate, hollow like Easter bunnies.
One cold lonely foggy night I feel hungry and I bite the head off of one, and fall sleep gripping onto another.
This figure melts under my heat and half its body slips, melting away- right eye and mouth sloping to an eventual drip
Dripping all over everything. Staining everything. Making a mess of everything!
Wake up and wise up. Its time to clean up, dust things off and purge my possession.
This is my confession. I possess it as it possesses me. I search for resurrection.
I want to covet you and you to covet me.
Cover me in resin, preserve this perverse desire to be destined!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Lady Sings The Truth

Them that's got shall get

Them that's not shall lose

So the Bible said and it still is news

Mama may have, Papa may have

But God bless the child that's got his own

That's got his own

Yes, the strong gets more

While the weak ones fade

Empty pockets don't ever make the grade

Mama may have, Papa may have

But God bless the child that's got his own

That's got his own

Money, you've got lots of friends

Crowding round the door

When you're gone, spending ends

They don't come no more

Rich relations give

Crust of bread and such

You can help yourself

But don't take too much

Mama may have, Papa may have

But God bless the child that's got his own

That's got his own

Mama may have, Papa may have

But God bless the child that's got his own

That's got his own

He just worry 'bout nothin'

Cause he's got his own

Friday, June 11, 2010


Breaking up is like a death

It's okay for your heart to break.

it regenerates itself-

like a lizards tail or a star fish. If you cut off one of a sea star's legs, it will grow back. If you cut all 5 off, each piece will generate a whole new star fish and the nubby center does too! So there was a coastal town trying to control their over population of star fish; they captured a bunch, cut them in half and threw them back... The population doubled.

what is my point?

I don't know.

maybe something about an abundance of love in the universe...

I'm exhausted and trying to come to terms with the self induced only socially acceptable psychosis we call Romantic Love.

We have made of romantic love a beautiful picture in a frame encrusted in rubies and diamonds. Never forget that those rubies are your blood and those diamonds are your tears.

(A course in miracles)

-- William Butler Yeats

„Your eyes that once were never weary of mine
Are bowed in sotrow under pendulous lids,
Because our love is waning.“
And then she:

„Although our love is waning, let us stand
By the lone border of the lake once more,
Together in that hour of gentleness
When the poor tired child, Passion, falls asleep:
How far away the stars seem, and how far

Is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart!“
Pensive they paced along the faded leaves,
While slowly he whose hand held hers replied:
„Passion has often worn our wandering hearts.“
The woods were round them, and the yellow leaves

Fell like faint meteors in the gloom, and once
A rabbit old and lame limped down the path;
Autumn was over him: and now they stood
On the lone border of the lake once more:
Turning, he saw that she had thrust dead leaves

Gathered in silence, dewy as her eyes,
In bosom and hair.
„Ah, do not mourn,“ he said,
„That we are tired, for other loves await us;
Hate on and love through unrepining hours.

Before us lies eternity; our souls
Are love, and a continual farewell.“

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


1. Because Angels exist and they ride the Muni.
2. Because an arab retired pimp cabbie named Project X, handed me a bag of purple and a swisher today. I asked him "why retired?" he waved off a reply in his thick accent
"Bitches are crazy." word.
While I rolled the swish, he drove me to my destination and he asked what I do. I'm a host and a nanny.
"You should dance."
"Like be a stripper?"
"Ya. I know this one bitch over here in Richmond and she makes hella money, and she's ugly! You're hella cute."
I thanked him and said he's not the first person to suggest I try stripping- my grandmother being the main case here. This is a direct quote after I asked grama for a little financial help, her response:
"Well you know Anastasia, those girls dancing on stage make real good money."

The reality of this is that now even if I truly considered this career path I couldn't do it because I've talked about it with too many people.

3. Everything Erykah Badu sings speaks profound truth to me. Listening to her brings me closer to myself and the universe.

4. Because I hate when people touch a roll of toilet paper with wet fingers leaving a row of wet spots that penetrate the tissue. It grosses me out.
and I guess I need to tell these things to someone.

5. I am acknowledging Being, being in an in between. We are all in constant change. Energy is not created or destroyed it just changes. Be aware of the space between. The rests between notes, the breath you take between speaking and singing and moaning and crying. The space between relationships. Between ASKing and receiving. Moments of rest hold it all together. We'd drop dead without a breath. Space allows everything to Be.

6. Love is real. Real is love.