Some people make lists: what they want to do.
I collect lists other people wrote
grocery lists in particular old blue folder
in my night table by the bed usually milk usually eggs
when I met a kind woman named Obayama her specialty is
removing clutter we met at a party Clutter Be Gone Obayama’s slogan
when I asked how she felt about other people’s grocery lists
if I were the writer I would like to be
I could describe for you with eloquence and precision in a way that you t
could absolutely see exactly how Obayama looked at me surprised and even
a little unhappy and then kind and polite all that before she said
I’m Sure We’ll Be Able to Find a Way To Get Rid of Those Lists
and when I asked her why she’d want to she smiled as though I were one of those
hopeless cases, people who hold onto love letters, or old books, or single earrings
even an autograph book from seventh grade full of people’s names.