for Joe, and 'Tiger Lillies'



when marketa came to america she had only a

suitcase and a carry-on bag   since then she has


acquired all the necessities one needs to live and

work in a city   but little more   it is natural that


i have more stuff   since i had no reason not to

bring all i could in my car when i moved from home   


and then what i have added over time   as i look

at the simplicity of her life   judged by accumulation 


i appreciate the bare-bones aspect of it   i have two

piles of my own accumulation on our bed   one


for the thrift store   the other for the trash   there

is lightness with the process   shedding weight of


the non-caloric type   yet   i don't want to lose

what marketa has lost   that is   all things familiar






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Written on 2019-07-01 at 18:07

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josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
You've taken a unique circumstance here and expanded on it adroitly and with wonderful insight, Jim. Bravo!

Lightweighting is a good thing. Back to basics has intrinsic value but only if it's done voluntarily. We do acquire from year to year, "stuff" of no continuous or sustainable value. Dumping it can be satisfying. Marketa chose to leave behind "stuff" of sustainable value for the purchase of a dream. Thats a very different equation.

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
This poem skillfully highlights a key way that people differ. Some crave a complete break with their past. Others can't imagine being disconnected from theirs.

The ending line and the title elevate the poem. Never have I seen all three work so perfectly.