little red suitcase

new poem “Little Red Suitcase” published in oddball – this very cool magazine
I hope you’ll check it out. I kept a little red suitcase in my childhood bedroom closet for many years-
I was always ready to run away…

little red suitcase

Glasses stretch another piece of writing on the basement desk.
A string of words magnified beneath the resting lenses. All other
sentences, words I’ve written and know as well as the magnified
ones, settle back into the smallness of shadows.

A small red suitcase.
Stashed in my closet for when the ideas in my head can’t take the
body impersonating them any longer. A child and her red suitcase.
Bottom of the closet next to my dog Charlie with the chopped off
ears. He’s curly pink. I cut his ears off so he won’t have to hear

what I do in my head.

My typewriter is turquoise. I remember it that way. Near the desk table,
my fifth and sixth parakeets most likely named Budgie One and Two
because that’s what they were. Maybe bright blue and bright green
parakeets don’t like what they see in their little bird mirror. No room
for suitcases in their orange cage so they just die.

No flying away when the windows are shut
and people are supposed to love you.

8 thoughts on “little red suitcase

  1. Good for you AnnMarie! Glad to hear you are growing lots of legs from the magazines. Beautiful! Hope you had a great Holiday. I am looking forward to Christmas. I have just been relaxin and taking it easy. I need to recharge and heal. I am watching The Twilight Zone all 165 episodes and binge watching Stranger Things. Let me hear how you are doing ttys my very good friend!

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  2. Budgie One and Budgie Two… well, yes, I suppose that’s better than Parakeet Five and Parakeet Six– tho it’s debatable… 🐥🐥

    They sit in their cage, and scowl at the mirror, and ponder their mortality. Gee, they sound almost human… 🐔🐔🍗🍗🚑

    Those concluding lines are a killer:

    No flying away when the windows are shut
    and people are supposed to love you.

    I tried to explain it to Charlie, but he couldn’t hear me. 🐶✂️🚑

    Powerful stuff, AM, well done!! 😊

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    • thank you DS
      truly appreciate your kind words
      and your amazing support of my art and writing these last few years
      You know – I would have never submitted anything without your push-inggggg😘
      and I can’t say that enough!

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