Bring in the bed first.
Then the books.
Then wait as long as possible before doing anything else.
Go back to work. Sweep out the old place.
Allow time for your books to adjust their spines
in light of a different dust sifting the air
and the low deep notes sounded by floor joists when
no one’s there.
Let the books and the light in the room
Let the bed be.
Because the promise of sex
is almost as good as sex and sometimes better, let’s face it,
so let the bed rest.
The world remains packed
with unfairness, cockroaches, impossible physics,
all none of your choosing
so, for once, allow emptiness to do its work.
Come back open-handed.
Then you’ll be home.
Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 18, Issue 5.
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