Now that the Trash has been Gathered and Tossed

PULLING in the GARAGE,
turning off the motor,
I grab only
the small brown bag
on the passenger’s seat,

the one my bagel came in,
the bageI bought in the dark of a North Carolina morning
five hours earlier,

and use it
to collect up the napkins
stray tissues
and cough drop wrappers
of a 300-mile drive.

I dispose of the trash.

I enter the house empty-handed,
leaving the suitcase for later,
knowing
there will be plenty of time to unpack
what needs to be unpacked
.

I am not in a rush.
And I want to have
empty hands
to receive whatever is waiting for me
on the other side of the door.

* * *

I’ve had a week.
I’ve had a summer.
I’ve had a year.
And it hasn’t ended yet.

But I was blessed last week
with a block of time off the grid
with nothing more to do
than hold a baby
and be unaware of what time it is,
with the company of a good book
and space to reflect.

All these are gifts.

And there will be plenty of time
to unpack what needs to be unpacked
now that the trash has been gathered and tossed.

My friend Deidra has committed to writing a whole month on one topic. I love the courage of that commitment and I consider following suit. We shall see. What needs to be unpacked will be.

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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3 Responses to Now that the Trash has been Gathered and Tossed

  1. bethhavey says:

    Thanks for this, Marilyn. Each day is a gift and I greet each day. But some are more filled with light than others. The trash in our lives can be put out, but sometimes the weight of it lingers.

    Hope you have a good day. Always, Beth

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  2. Susan says:

    This made me think of how we sometimes need to gather up the trash in a relationship and just throw it out – with hand empty – ready for “tomorrow”.

    And how sometimes I need to gather up the trash in my own heart and just get rid of it instead of letting it drag me down and back into myself and my inadequacies…

    Sometimes you just need to gather it up and let it go…

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