1.19.2016

Antecubital

Pocketbook
in the crook of my elbow
collects memories
like renzuru
conjoined against headwinds
tucked in the bend

There’s room for regrets
melancholy musings
all my origin stories
stacked up like displays
of rakes or greeting cards

This little pouch is new
and I hate how it looks
opaque
paper-thin
even while appreciating
its utility in sullen times

15 comments:

  1. The Bard said it best: "Who steals my purse steals trash."

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  2. One grows tired of folded paper figures, perhaps especially familiar ones; a longing for something more substantial torments like an itch.

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  3. If it doesn't fit in my pocket or hand, it does not go with me... but it would be useful to have a handy carrier of memories, musing and untold stories.

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  4. Oh - my pocketbook is my phone... I have tried and tried... But now I jot down ideas in memory or in my phone.

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  5. oh, i have to agree.
    a handbag can carry a whole hodgepodge of things...some of them even invisible!
    and yes the new, 'thin' ones that have you to be filled are rather drab. :) but full of possibility.
    kind of like a blank page is.

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  6. I guess we all carry baggage of one kind or another. This piece is very aptly done.
    Steve K.

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  7. I used to carry a large purse, but decided I couldn't carry the weight anymore. It became to arduous to dig through misplaced memories.

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  8. My book pack that I use to carry my daily shit serves the same end, and its stuffed with selves--work-self, finance-self, pill-self, projects-self, plus all the wires and devices of my connection. Caspar in Menotti's "Amahl and The Night Visitors" had that box of wonders with its three descending expanding mysteriums -- o that 3d drawer! In your poem and all the other examples, there is a house of memory there, a mnemonic of our being and thinking: The poet with her poetry is the same ... Yes

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  9. It's not actually about a pocketbook. Guess I need to work on this one. It's about aging, body changes, ascribing memory to it.

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    1. mebbe you didn't *intend* it to be, but nonetheless it's a good pen about a pouch... ~

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  10. Just before I read your own last comment I was thinking it might have been a gift purse. It works fine but I had no idea, I could use a suble little hint. Or did I miss one?
    ..

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  11. A pocket book has been useful before but it needs leafing through. Or it gets exhausted of space and has to be replaced. A smart phone is ideal to record and keep track. More organized now!

    Hank

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  12. A pocket book has been useful before but it needs leafing through. Or it gets exhausted of space and has to be replaced. A smart phone is ideal to record and keep track. More organized now!

    Hank

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  13. Travel lighter, keep the important memories in your heart, you'll never lose them. Relegate the lesser memories to the brain, so if get lost, no loss. Loved.

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  14. Ha. Hopefully, the little pouch can't hold too many regrets. Charming, easy to relate to. k.

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