From deflated air mattresses
to beds so big not even a pillow and a body
could fill it
From lush green jungles
and scary ditches in the backyard
holding the world’s scariest monsters
to flowering deserts with
tiny yellow flowers blooming between
the spines of cacti
To prickly pines and old oak trees
that lose all their leaves
yet still provide the most fragrant flowers
The buzz of bees
Hinting at the blossoms’ entice
From a house so full the couch was a bed
to an apartment so tiny
the living room took up ninety nine percent
of the whole space
with upstairs neighbors that
erased sleep from their vocabularies
pet snakes escaping downstairs for some
To a mansion so large
exhales in awe
of how in the world anybody could fill
any of the rooms inside
But we did fill them,
little by little,
First a couch.
Then a new bed,
moving the old one to the Guest Room.
Moving and moving
From Tropical Paradise
To Hollywood’s Neighbor,
To The Tundra that ceased to be for just
Enough to stop and reflect on
All the beds I’ve rested my head.
And how to express
all my life's journeys
than through a few stanzas
and the flourish of simple words.
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