downsizing is not

downsizing is not
as easy as it’s made out
to be – letting go

takes a degree of apathy,
privilege, money in the bank
.
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y

wednesday night, you are

wednesday night, you are
hand-rolling sushi with us,
guiding us through each

ingredient, so that nothing
and maybe everything falls out
.
20210512:2133
y

the robin who made

the robin who made
her nest in dad’s hibiscus
syriacus caught

a whiff of clean laundry airing
on mama’s clothesline, moved north
.
20210511:2113
y

in the middle of

every year, dad prunes

every year, dad prunes
mama’s azalea bushes
carefully so that

they become perfectly rounded
buns well before mother’s day
.
20210509:2100
y

in the middle of

in the dream after

in the dream after
the dream that is just before
waking, a buffet

with no lines, waiting for you
to return from the restroom
.
20210507:1934
y

in the dream after

in the dream after
the dream that is just before
waking, bamboo soup,

the way mom cooks it at home,
a memory for the journey
.
20210506:2143
y

in the dream after

in the dream after
the dream that is just before
waking, we will meet

as if we knew each other in
past and future lives, not this one
.
20210505:2122
y

perhaps beneath all

perhaps beneath all
the layers of being human
is humanity –

it takes tremendous patience
to peel back much of the husk
.
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y