Slice of Life: Holding On

In thirteen years, things accumulate.
Things that sit on a shelf in a cupboard.
Things you don’t pay attention to
they just live there.

After thirteen years, things that were important aren’t
and garbage bags fill.
Five cabinets, cleared.
One to go.

In thirteen years, student writing accumulates.
They sit in books
on that last shelf.
Ready for that plastic bag.

After all those years, I opened one.
When I did it
with each one
I remembered that kid.

He’s finished high school
she’s started college
But that writing is the writer I knew
It’s important so I hold on.

That plastic bag got pushed aside.

I packed up those writers
and moved them
with me
across campus
to my new home.


Thank you, Two Writing Teachers for Slice of Life Tuesdays. Read more slices here.