A Moving Poem by
(27 Stories)

Prompted By Get Organized

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So I am thinking…

I need to look at everything

in this house that

holds 31 years of marriage

and two grown children’s


and ask this

51 year old

almost single


what do you need?

Which books of 5 full book cases

do you have to have near you?

Which wall hanging/photos

are touchstones of your

equilibrium and peace?

How to condense

whole phrases

into power words…


A poem.

The apartment is lovely

but a 4th of what a house holds.

And I know it is good

I know my closets

and shelves and dressers

are brim full of

Yes, but-clothes

Yes, but its missing a button

Yes, but its too tight around here

Yes but I have no shoes to go with it.

As I survey for

the essential

I realize how over-stuffed

my existence is

with things

and photos

and art

and momentos

and on the other side

of this somewhat

painful, slicing



truer, crisper


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Characterizations: moving, well written


  1. January, this poem is lovely, whether it addresses the Get Organized prompt or the upcoming Moving Day prompt.
    Taking stock and letting go – either for the sake of organizing or for downsizing and leaving one home for a new one – is surely a “painful, slicing process”, but glad you see it as freeing as well.

  2. Laurie Levy says:

    January, this poem so perfectly expresses what I (and I know countless others) am experiencing trying to get organized in anticipation of moving out of my long-time home. The question “what do you need?” is one I ask myself as I attempt to deal with my “over-stuffed existence.” Thank you for capturing how this feels.

  3. January, I’m so excited to have just discovered this poem, this proclamation! I might have to print it out — or memorize it. Your way with words is an inspiration. Brava!

  4. Betsy Pfau says:

    January, my heart skipped a beat when I saw a new poem from you. Then I read it…goodness how I admire how you express yourself. I must tell, I just got off from a long phone conversation with a dear old friend who is in the process of doing just what you describe; will soon move from his home of 34 years to a 1,700 square foot condo. Finding your poem felt so perfect in this moment. You expression is, indeed, a declaration of freedom. Thank you for sharing it.

    • And, Betsy, your words came at just the right time to keep me writing! Its easy to get discouraged, yet this site gives me the kind feedback that keeps me inspired. Thank you for sharing the moment. and love and witness to your friend!❤️🙏🏼🥰🦋

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