Maya Fray-Witzer // SEARCHING

When something is lost

You go looking for it

 

So I lifted every couch cushion

Sliding my hands down into

The deep and dusty creases

Coming up with coins

My old charm bracelet

 

If something doesn’t show up

You continue looking for it

 

So I crawled under the bed

Exploring the darkness with my fingers

Books, two pencils, and some headphones

A pair of amber eyes materialize

And a startled cat swipes at my palm

 

If something seems to disappear

You persist in looking for it

 

So I went through my drawers

Pushing aside ratty T-Shirts

The sweater I liked in middle school

A worn sketchpad

A  bag of glimmering sea glass

 

If something is nowhere to be found

You accept its absence

 

So I don a T-shirt and my sweater

Placing the headphones around my neck

Putting change in my pocket

And the charm bracelet on my wrist

And I leave home

Regretting my loss

Yet content

To have found myself in the search

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