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Collecting Dust

collecting dust
March 3, 2014 at 6:59a

my sister's ashes

sit in the back of the closet

in the back of a shelf

in the back of my mother's house..


besides them

is another

plain brown paper wrapped box

my great aunt's

next to my sister

on the shelf

in the closet

in my mother's house


and sometimes,

sometimes i imagine myself small

sitting daintily,

almost precariously between the two boxes

my legs dangling over the edge

of the shelf

talking to the boxes

who listen

silently, respectfully

safe and unassuming in their brown paper dresses...

and let them know:


i am coming

wait for me

don't leave me behind

for i would join you too

one day

i would

to be wrapped in brown paper

sedate and humbled

placed carefully and quietly

on that shelf

between sister and aunt...


taking my place

letting my ashes, too,

collect dust.




kellyannaustin's picture

So much pain! I'm glad you

So much pain! I'm glad you could share this with us. From reading your profile, this seems autobiographical. I do hope you are safe, and know that I am happy you are here to share and commune with us! It's so good that you can be a witness for your sister. What a powerful thing!

A big hug,


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