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Where I Keep Things (poem)

By Melanie Heard

Copyright 1999, May not be used for any purpose without the express written permission of the author


I keep all my troubles in a box on my shelf…

A sack on my back…

A book over there…


I hide all my worries in the back of my drawer…

A pocket of my jeans…

Or under a chair…


I conceal all my feelings down deep in a hole…

A post office box…

A crystal glass heart…


I close all emotions in a bright feather mask…

A dark, curtained room…

A shiny new part…


I maintain these things away from your eyes…

These aching mistakes…

These elegant chores…


And now you expect me to let you right in…

And perhaps I just might…

If you first show me yours.

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