i keep odd things

by Steven J. Serafiani

I keep odd things,
kept them close to me for years,
momentous mementos plucked during the momentum of life,
a shoe found floating in islamorada,
piece of utah red rock,
creamer package from a diner in amarillo,
tabletop drink list from a west palm beach bar,
hotel key cards,
so many key cards,
lipstick tube from naomi left in my glove compartment,
karaoke book from some underground joint in South Beach,
every movie stub since 2001,
small town neighborhood gazettes,
the list goes on and on all  in orange tubs,
I’ve kept them all close for years,

shame it’s all inanimate.