The Back Room - Judy DeCroce

Not really a pantry,
            shelves stuffed with extras…
            paper towels, curtain rods, a cracked tubing repair kit.

Many more and the necessary stored once for needier days.

Now it’s time to ready.

The new owners…
what will they use this airless addition to a back porch for? (if at all)
It will be empty for them… none the less.

I take home this jar of buttons…
a reminder of all the clothes I don’t remember.

But this drawer of zippers, mom removed carefully from clothing outgrown
or outworn,
I dump into a trash bag, tie, and discard to the curb…
            old swatches of life during the Depression or the War,
                        a waste of space.

The seamstress has already forgotten her children’s names.

I drive away, the button jar beside me,
the old street sign in the mirror.

But, not before I return for the bag of zippers.

You never know.

Judy DeCroce is a poet / flash fiction writer and avid reader. She has been published in Plato’s Cave online, Pilcrow & Dagger, Amethyst Review, The Front Porch Review, and many others.

She is a professional storyteller and teacher of that genre, as well as, leading workshops in flash fiction. Judy lives and works in upstate New York with her husband writer/artist Antoni Ooto.