Impedimenta

Lighten the craft, downsize,
divest— ruthlessly take out all
there is from brimming closets

and dump them on the floor
or on the bed. Empty each drawer
in every kitchen cabinet; unearth

from storage old newspaper
clippings, coats, banker’s boxes
of letters from lovers old

or dead: hold them one
by one, one last time
to check if they inspire

a thrill akin to joy.
If not, bid them the long-
overdue, the firm farewell.

 

In response to Via Negativa: Believer.

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