The Things We Keep


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A necklace
and some seashells
they collected from the beach.
Some snapshots in an album
she can’t seem to throw away–
the things she keeps.

A box of time-worn letters
and a CD abandoned
when she left.
One photo where
he holds her and smiles–
the things he keeps.

What do these things,
these leftovers
we can’t bear to toss,
what do they say about us,
who we were,
and who we’ve become?
When it’s impossible
to imagine our life

without them,

what does that say
about the memories
or the people who haunt them?



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