Now is the time to try something new.
—a found poem from fortune cookies

The full moon brings an enchanting evening.
Keep your eye out for someone special.
A short stranger will soon enter your life with blessings to share.
You will marry your lover.
The greatest risk is not taking one.
Welcome the change coming into your life.
Happiness is an activity.
Believing you are beautiful will make you appear beautiful to others.
Beware: he who slithers on the ground is a secret foe!
Seek out the significance of your problem at this time. Try to understand.
Let the deeds speak.
All the water in the world can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside.
Promises are not one hundred percent waterproof.
The object of your desire is out of range.
If you feel you are right, stand firmly by your convictions.
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
Everyone agrees: you are the best!
Jealousy doesn’t open doors; it closes them!
Land is always on the mind of a flying bird.
All your fingers can’t be of the same length.
Everything happens for a reason.
It never pays to kick a skunk.
Wise sayings fall on barren ground.
The cure for grief is motion.
It is better to be alone sometimes.
Sometimes you just need to lay on the floor.


About the Poet:  Amy Baskin works with international students at Lewis and Clark College.  Her poems can be found in Fire Poetry Journal, The Ghazal Page, Dirty Chai,  Postcard Poems and Prose, and more.


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