Not even my laptop or photo albums?
What about insurance policies,
the earrings my sweetheart gave me?
One pair in your ears.
If I go with just the clothes on my back,
which outfit should I choose?
Shoes you can run in.
Start memorizing poems now.
Learn how to tell a story.
If you trust the prayer
in breath and heartbeat,
you can travel light.
Mary Camille Thomas
Mary Camille Thomas is a native of Santa Cruz, California who considers herself lucky to have returned after living internationally and on the road. She is a librarian by profession, and her poetry has appeared in The Moving Force Journal, Porter Gulch Review, and Sisters Singing. She is currently working on a novel called What Lies Buried and a collection of poems of the spirit.
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6 thoughts on “Pack Nothing”
Dear Mary…This is IT!..GORGEOUSLY SPARE and ENOUGH… THANK YOU…love Barbara >
Thank you, Barbara!
This is a beautiful tribute to what is truly important. Thank you for bringing this current moment into sharp focus. Love, Sarojani
Thank you, Sarojani! I actually wrote this at the end of last year’s fire season, but it seems it will be a perennial challenge.
Thank you for reminding us to value Simplicity.
And thanks, also, for the Holy Cross Link
You’re very welcome!