The first time I heard the word ‘zen,’
my mother misused it.
“We’re going to be very zen today,” she assured,
“spontaneous.” This included nosing around at Goodwill,
the Salvation Army for worn copies of Stephen King or
old classics that we never read, but displayed, as if
they were poured over, talked about over brie melts and
amarone that someone decided should be
“The day is ours.”
Amber Moore is a PhD Candidate in literacy education and former high school English teacher. Her work has been published in numerous journals and magazines including most recently, The Women’s Studies Quarterly, Room Magazine, and The Feathertale Review. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.