I would glue magnets to the back of beer bottle caps and give them away as gifts.
I would make every recipe in Gutes Essen: Good Eating in German-Russian Country, brought to by Prairie Public Broadcasting and the Tri-County Tourism Alliance.
I would perfect my broken Spanish by speaking and reading solely in Spanish for an entire year.
I would pay the fines I owe on overdue library books from three years ago.
I would check out a copy of Atlas Shrugged from the library and accidentally lose it in the dumpster.
I would fast one day a week because I’d never be hungry by accident.
I would write a series of critical essays in Spanish about Juan Muñoz.
I would write a really long patriotic poem to America titled “Now That I Have a Guaranteed Basic Income.”
I would find my audience, and my audience would find me.
I would make elaborate wind chimes out of thread and spent needles.
I would continue to give money to anyone standing on street corners asking for money.
I would hunt down every tick carrying Lyme disease and burn them all alive.
I would raise a couple Shih Tzus and a cat, but still not have children.
I would spend more time with my parents before they die.
I would walk no less than 10,000 steps a day.
I would start a blog and publish transcriptions of conversations I overhear in coffee shops.
I would sleep 10 hours a day because the full productivity of my labor cannot be realized without dreams.
About this poem
This poem is about what I would do if my life wasn’t organized by the need to make money. It’s about what life might be like if I never had to worry about paying for food, shelter, and health care.