Front Porch Review
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
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.