What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life?
(Author: Sam Davidson)
she decides to float from the living room to the kitchen,
breast stroking through dust motes
and chicken-flavored scent of the water
that boils in a pan too recently used
for Ramen, scrubbed, but badly.
If she touches down
on the ugly blue carpet,
she may impale the sole of her foot
on visions of candy canes
sucked to sharp weapons.
Her hip (she floats high) brushes
the coat-covered dining room chair,
knocks a sparkly black scarf to the floor.
It's good she's left the Christmas decorations
languishing in the basement
with her dead mother's cracked china.
Leaves more room for her daughter's clutter.
She has far more than eleven "things"
she could cut from her life if she chose,
twenty-three, in fact, that spilled out
in five minutes during a late morning free write:
(no need to post the list here. it is too intimate.)
these are just things
she could do without
until she even remembers
they are there
or has to move.
and that's enough, now.