Sunday, July 10, 2016

All They Left Behind


There was one last night of
sleeping on the floor
The air mattress was packed
in the back of the car the day before
The bed was gifted to a downstairs neighbor
the week before that.

Tables and chairs were hauled
across the street
during the summer block party
to begin a new life as
patio furniture.

Books of sentimental value
were sent along with art
of sentimental value
in advance

Tracked online
the ephemera of two lives joined
would arrive at a destination
weeks in advance of
the traveling nomads

What wasn't sold
was given away
What wasn't given away
was donated to churches
and charities
What wasn't donated
was all they left behind.


— Mark Butkus