What competes in the room where she writes

by | Jun 13, 2023 | CNF, Issue Thirty-Three

•  A cactus wrinkling because even it can’t go this long without water;

•  Two horses and mules with pricked ears and unspoken requests;

•  Skein(s) of yarn and thread, embroidery patterns and tea towels, artists’ paints and pencils;

•  The electric piano and sheet music for the A-level competition piece from high school beckoning to decades-older fingers;

•  The printer laser toner cartridges and tiny chips needing surgical transfer;

•  Matches plus one candle;

•  The photo of all the aunts, cousins, her sister and mother in straw hats watching her hug the president, are they whispering “We told you not to tell?”

•  Her decades-dead grandfather’s carry-on bag full of her living grandmother’s writing;

•  Her sister’s lit up PET scan, terminal diagnosis;

•  Hundreds of books in expectant silence. Judgment;

•  The tomatoes ripening out of kitten reach.

⚬  The question, are there more waiting in the garden?

•  Sleep;

•  A shifting specter, high in one corner—hope, desire, fear, imposter syndrome.

•  A first keystroke. A beginning leading to an end.

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