unpacking memories

Leonard Durso

opening boxes
separating items
these memories
of an eventful life
in my hands
soon to be placed
on shelves
while music plays
from decades ago
and though I thought
I was safe
from pain regret remorse
there is no escape
from memories
in one’s hands
outside of boxes
laid bare
like one’s heart
decades ago
decades ahead
the here and now

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10 thoughts on “unpacking memories

  1. We just moved after 23 years in the same house. Old letters, photos, forgotten objects–until they are in your hands–bring the flood of memories. It’s daunting, mysterious, emotional, and inspiring.

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