NaPoWriMo #17

Prompt: Write a greeting. (ignored)

There comes a time in a girls life

when she realises she

needs to buy more Tupperware

Too many things to keep precious

too many things to squeeze lids on

in case they forget how loved they are

in case they molt, wilt,

grow wet with poison or shame

grow wet with anger,

mild or unchecked

In case the counting of toes

is not enough to end the day

in case the piggies went to market

or a movie or a marathon

and never returned

more Tupperware,

more zip-locked bags and padlocks

more wrapping paper and cotton wool

more lids, crossed fingers

and meshed palms, lighting candles

counting beads in patterns,

in sequences

more lids, crossed fingers

drawing parallels

over maps, yellow markers

code referenced

date stamped

pieced together from

grainy cell phones

and shaky eye witness

there comes a time in a girls life

when she realises

the lid won’t stay closed

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