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  • Todd Wooten

Storage Unit

I am not trying to claim a place

I am trying to empty one


this warehouse bursting with inventory

that was not bought, still I have paid


geez, I am not claustrophobic

but can I claim an inch, maybe a foot


to spin in circles, to breath

without this refuse groping me


get off, find your own landfill

stop cramming your shit here


scattered contents dried in cement

family movies, photo books, tape recordings


if I crawl into this labyrinth I fear

I will never find the exit sign again


sure, instruct me to fight the darkness

light a candle or your own flashlight


sage advice, the brick shattered

windows will devour the beams


all these antiques buried long ago

forgotten had they not been stored


crank the jackhammer

crack the floor


load the trailers

chuck the waste


before this belly built for utility

closes its mouth to swallow me





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