Should I paint over every
surface with white? Empty
all drawers, feed all moth-
balled things to the wind, open
the shutters that have hidden
themselves from the light?
I want to unburden each corner
of remainders and afterthoughts,
pour rice and beans and herbs into
clear containers, smooth out sheets
and linens; cup water in my palms,
press them into the lines on my face.
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