Impermanence

by Lauren DeFelice

coins in sofa cushions
stray volleyball
old film negatives
scraps of watercolor paper and board
pet rock, dated 20012, with googly eyes glued on
pictures of Heather as a puppy
              (she's gone.)
glass ornaments
faux fur
hands smudged with charcoal
ramen for lunch on the last best sofa
fish tank in a car, fish included
              every bump sloshes water and makes me wince
old shoes worn once or twice
a letter of apology from 2016
              love, mom
an envelope with pom-poms from rebecca
              welcome t junior council
computer fans caked in so much dust not even a vacuum will clean it
a sofa in the middle of the street
burn the math binder
shred the IDs
toss college pamphlets
order $50 of manga with $50 of gift cards
              contemplate making comics
new movies and old shows
empty rooms
driftwood
drift
dinner on the floor
              eggplant parm
can't find a strainer, orange juice, and salsa
              bad combinations
broken drawers
bumped heads
drive there
back
there
back
aches and pains
finish projects
$20 of magic cards
new years on the couch with fresh baked cookies
              i can't remember the last time the five of us all sat down
burritos for five, all homemade
home?

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