Simplify, simplify, lectured Thoreau,
Chop your own wood and eat food that you grow.
Farming, however, is messy and gritty.
So I say: Simplify, live in the city!
Felicia Nimue Ackerman is a professor of philosophy at Brown University and has had over 200 poems published in places including The American Scholar, The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin, Free Inquiry, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Daily News, The New York Times, The Providence Journal, Scientific American, Time, and The Wall Street Journal.