Burning Down The House




For a moment
I thought it would be better
to burn the house down
than to pack it up again
just to move a mile away.


One good thing about moving is
the more I do it,
the less stuff I hold onto.


Soon I’ll be barefoot
with empty hands


I’ll be a pearl
and the world
my oyster
at last.




*** From the cover of Shawn Colvin’s “A Few Small Repairs”

7 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Sara

    Let us know what you decide. xx

    May 21st, 2013


    The more you move, the
    less you need. Leave it behind
    and watch yourself float…

    May 21st, 2013

  3. Stephanie


    Kay….nice 😉

    May 21st, 2013

  4. Kristy

    Beautiful poem that hits me deep in my heart; I know this pain. As someone who has moved 5 times in 6 years, with another move coming this year, I’ve been thinking the same; that burning it down seems more sane than packing it up again.

    Hope you find some unexpected joy in the change, keep your chin up 🙂

    May 21st, 2013

  5. Julie D.

    I’ve missed you!

    May 21st, 2013

  6. I just love your poetry. You should submit your stuff–it’s so good.

    May 21st, 2013

  7. Keri

    Man howdy. That’s some kinda economy of phrasing. Beautiful.

    May 21st, 2013

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