What Would You Take

I watch old people look around their houses and ponder what to take, and I watch how every object becomes a container, a synthesis and an entire lifetime becomes a reservoir of memories. “And that should be left behind?”  I mean we all get shaped when cleaning a drawer.  FROM BARBARA MYERHOFF STORIES AS EQUIPMENT FOR LIVING

I am opposite of a minimalist, knowing

maximalist is not a popular term.  We are, according

to best selling books, better off paring down.  I have always

pared up, don’t know how many pairs of  shoes I own

though I admire my friends who can

say Six Black Pairs Including Sneakers.  When I think about

what I’d take if I were leaving this place I’ve lived in forever,

moving to Essaouira or Patmos or maybe Carricou or Cyprus

what I’d take would be pens and earrings and enough notebooks

to write down everything I didn’t take and I’m sure I’d start

maximalizing, again.


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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