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March 6, 2011 / Wendy Joan

Something Old

(Today is March 2 and this is my second post this year. Yikes!)

Although Sam and I moved into our new apartment four months ago, I just purchased a book shelf. Actually, I purchased a book shelf two weeks ago, and only mustered up the courage to assemble it last Thursday. Look at what I was working with:

And, though I thought all our books were stacked on the floor in my office and tucked away in corners, I found another huge box in the closet. Which I’m surprised I forget about, since all my journals were in there.

2007 and 2008 were great journaling years. Everything around me was changing faster than I was.

Here’s a little something I found from the long lost winter of 2009. I love how far away it feels:

(12/17/09)

I am wearing a cardigan

sweater and listening

to a southern woman

discuss the possibility

of angels having wings.

.

The Main Street air

is thick with brand new

tar, or asphalt,

and burnt oranges

from the orange juice factory–

the scents of the season

one week before

a tropical Christmas.

.

My evangelical lunch-neighbors

have moved on to

outer body experiences.

The young man my age

also wears a cardigan,

neon green,

and convinces the old woman

why you travel

outside your self.

.

There are gay men in Orlando

she says, in between bites

of her sandwich and faint smacks

of gums sticking to

dentures sticking to potato chips.

(Cardigan photo by girlinredshoes.)



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  1. Heidi / Apr 21 2011 7:46 pm

    I LOVE THIS POEM! LOVE IT. LOVE IT. Especially love the last line: of her sandwich and faint smacks of gums sticking to dentures sticking to potato chips.

    You’re a genius.

    (And did I mention, a damn good quilter?)

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