With five days of giving left to go,
I’d hoped all the de-cluttering would show.
But even though now we own much less,
Shelves and counters are still a mess.
My deadline gave me a stronger urge
To work much harder at my purge.
Each kitchen cabinet got one last look.
Out came jars, trays, a cookbook.
In a desperate clean-out dance,
I grabbed some bookends, a pair of pants,
Cups, a cooler bag, some socks,
And stuffed them into an empty box.
On it I wrote a “Free Stuff” sign,
And left it on the sidewalk for locals to find.
I pictured passersby on the street
Rummaging through and finding a treat.
The image made me smile as I went for a walk
With a friend with whom I’d been dying to talk.
When we came back, the whole box was gone.
I’m not sure really what went on.
Though sadly, there was no rummaging.
I still got rid of more belongings.
So I headed back home with a smile on my face
To enjoy just a little more empty space.
Our cat Sonic on a relatively uncluttered kitchen countertop.