Every April I challenge myself to write a poem a day for National Poetry Month. Here is the poem I drafted on April 2.
When we cleaned out her house
We found lists everywhere
White index cards with her loopy cursive
Line after line in black ballpoint.
Put in Dining Room:
Blue Hurricane Vase
Walnut Crisscross Shadowbox
17-piece Bellagio Utensil Set with Wall Rack
Tiffany-Style Touch Lamp
Dark Blue Whistling Tea Kettle
Look for! ???
Tablecloth with fringe in garage hamper
Damask off-white chair covers – new
Grandma’s unfinished bedspread
(couldn’t find right thread)
Silver 3-candle centerpiece bowl
New brown rain bonnet?
Charm bracelet with G.E.M. on heart
1940 Christmas gift, still in box
Was in storage closet – gone
We tried year after year to help her downsize
The hoard, days wasted moving things around
Or counting used sheets. Only a crisis
Would force change. The nursing home did.
And now, here we are, tossing junk into a dumpster
And filling bag after donation bag to the Goodwill
Finding lists, pitiful lists on white index cards
Loopy cursive in black ballpoint or my own
Block printing in blue: 5 twin flat cotton,
3 full flat 50/50 percale, 1 extra long fitted.