Monday, October 05, 2015

Before Moving In

we measured walls, windows,
where doors intruded
and drew it out on graph paper
taking care to use a ruler
to create straight edges
we measured bureaus, bookcases,
a bed, a dining table, and tables
to hold lamps, books, and a cup of tea,
we checked the closets, the place
to put a toothbrush, whether our
big pot fit, the view outside,
and where to sit to read
we dimmed the light in the kitchen
until it barely lit up the counter
at home we measured the length
and width of bureaus, one bookcase,
a bed, the dining room table, side 
tables, and made little graph cutouts
to move around the graph paper rooms
seeking a perfect fit 


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