January 2, 2019

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.

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.


  1. Thank you for your wonderful poems. I loved today’s on clutter. I forward them to friends, one has subscribed for almost a year now. My husband gets the slightly political ones. You are a gem.

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