I am collecting memories
like souvenirs from a recently dead man’s room.
I will take the chair, the lamp,
the baseball t-shirt
and the trip to Madrid.
You can have the sweater,
the shoes, and our time in Paris.
I take the ballpoint pen,
the one that doesn’t scratch the paper
because I believe in the tools.
I will take the memories of the funeral
You will take the pencil
and the birthday cards
your mother’s letters to your father.
We are scavengers now, crawling
through the landscape of a life,
crawling over our own history,
trying to keep what we can.
You pile things on your back.
I reach for the tickets to our first play.
you say. You pull at my hand
Leave it. We’ll come back.
Here is the story:
Your life is a molecule,
stretched over a vast space
the way the river runs down to bigger water
You need to know this.
There is so much the body cannot contain,
so much it cannot carry.
That is the life inside you. That is the real you.
22 hours ago