“Everyone’s life has a place where it keeps / all the important memories / whether it is a box or a shelf, / A cart or a peanut butter jar,”
Everyone’s life has a place where it keeps
all the important memories
whether it is a box or a shelf,
A cart or a peanut butter jar,
It keeps both good and bad memories on its dusty shelves
If I choose to descend into the lower floors,
I would notice the shadows lurking inside old, rotting books
Looking closer, I would see that the books
Are in fact memories,
Every experience, stored here within the infinite capacities, of my life’s library.
The further down I go, the harder it is to read the titles.
The books are more worn and dull and dusty.
I reach the bottom floor, and go to the last shelf.
The shelf that is hidden. Blanketed in shadows
Veiled in dust and the utter silence.
I reach out and take the lone book
Sitting there on the dark bottom corner of the shelf.
The cover is made of soft brown paper
That is torn and falling apart,
I sit on the floor, finding that one spot.
Worn down and the only spot in the whole room,
Not covered in dust because I sat there
So many times holding that one memory
To read it.
I lift up the book,
Flip it open to the first page,