File Folders

Last night at dinner we talked about File Folders.  Sangeeta had a great idea.


I do not have

file folders am never sure how to file

was never a good filer although I know

the alphabet understand the principles

of filing putting what belongs together

in the same file but I am not interested

in what already belongs together have wanted

to mix up categories forever not put all the same

people at one dinner table as one small example

especially all relatives all Jews all people the same age

more or less though sometimes the same is a good idea

it’s usually not and file folders have implied uniformity

to me Con Ed Bills in one and that would be an incredibly

boring file folder but Sangeeta said I have an idea

she has many many ideas in a variety of categories

she could always be at my table she does not fit easily

into a category or a file folder either I have an idea

she said at dinner, having ordered pink deviled eggs:

call them all Miscellaneous she said and this morning,

using an orange magic marker I took out the confusing manilla file folders

sitting on a book shelf just in case

and I wrote the word Miscellaneous knowing now

anything at all say a Good Poem a Menu an old letter I don’t want

to throw away even a Con Ed bill should I have one

anything at all would be welcome inside.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


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