I have this picture

that I look at once a year

failed memories

failed life

donor tissue.


This particular picture

isn’t a tribute to something lost

or even forgotten

but a departure.


Look, look

there are two things here

an open suitcase is just as important

if not more so.


A long lost instruction

suggesting vigilance

“…start packing a week before you leave…”

so I did

both inside and out.


I can see the question

bouncing in my friend’s head

why save such a horrible thing?

Then the answer dawns

and she smiles.


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