From our past
we carry

rusty cars
holey socks
leaky pens
dull knives
war ballads
chipped teeth
patched jeans
fatigued flip flops
yellowing journals
caked soap dishes
crushed Coke cans
inverted umbrellas
bleeding hangnails
five-o’clock shadow
safety-pinned hems
expired prescriptions
extra holiday pounds
scratched sunglasses
dog-eared paperbacks
incomplete manuscripts
flat bristle toothbrushes
memory-depleted laptops
photographs without dates
TV dinners with uneaten vegetables
crumbled fortune cookie messages
and dreams of unknown futures.

Diana Raab