Norah Esty


Post-It Left on the Fridge for a Lover

Things are all so wondrous:
You’re considerate and kind.
The sex is pretty good and
Your cooking blows my mind.
You never leave me waiting and
Your work is going well.
I feel supported even when
Things seem to go to hell.
You have the perfect body and
You’ve never been a bore.
There’s nothing missing, darling:
I don’t love you anymore.

Norah Esty grew up in Montana. She earned a B.S. in math from MSU at age 17 and a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley at 24. She studied topological dynamics, co-authored a textbook, and won teaching awards. She now lives off-grid in Oregon, writing poetry, raising sheep, and trying to learn Icelandic.