California Closet

by Camilla Jean Welsch

Vacuum pack this:
a sentiment and its reason from the days of yore.

And stash it on a shelf in the closet.

Call California Closets if you must,
to make room for the stuff:

“I used to always want to live in Northern California…
because I wanted those crisp ocean mornings of sun and rain, with a European coffee, and a fresh paper with a super-liberal take…”

OK, yes, go on now, and suck the life out of it.

Maybe I’d better put it under the bed, where I can at least still dream about it when I am unconscious…

or it’s plausible my dream may some day come out of the closet….

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