Something’s missing

How many dress shirts 
Do I need to get me though the work week?
And what about shoes? Ties?
I look around my room, and see
Many things I like, and yet
I don’t like what I see.
I guess what I’m really learning
Is how to be me.
There’s boxes full of things I can’t let go
Too much stuff for this space
There’s still something I need
But there isn’t the place.
I’m sorry to ask you to read this
it’s a mantle, in a heap, on the floor


15 thoughts on “Something’s missing

  1. I look around my room, and see
    Many things I like, and yet
    I don’t like what I see.

    That pretty well sums it up. All that stuff is nice in itself, but becomes overwhelming in bulk. I like this take on the prompt very much.

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  2. I like how you have approached this, so many things that were part of us but perhaps not wholly and they are the baggage we cart around with us, too afraid to toss it aside in case we suddenly learn that this was us after all…

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  3. I like this a lot, erbiage. A realistic dilemma but also a metaphor for self identity. I guess we have to eliminate all the layers of uncertainty to get to who we really are.

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  4. I have found a solution for this problem. Our city has provided us with dumpsters that hold 95 gallons. They are emptied by a mechanical arm, so whatever I put in them is not criticized or know. We have finally cleaned out this place. Yay!

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  5. A “mantle, in a heap, on the floor” makes me think of wizardry or Superman, of a cloaked identity, of removing a layer of deception to reveal the true self, or perhaps, of donning a cloak to show initiation. It’s always good to come to terms with who we are at any given time in our lives. And if something is missing, that’s good too—it means we have a purpose, something to strive for. Loved the poem!

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  6. Downsizing is a humbling experience. There’s a very great difference between what we want and what we need. It’s the sorting that’s a challenge!

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