everything in its place

everything in its place

she alphabetizes the books
in her small library nook
by title and category, and if
it applies, by author as well
with some shelves dedicated
to vinyl records, cds and dvd /
blu ray films, also sorted
accordingly; for good measure,
cataloged electronically on
spreadsheets that she keeps
on her phone, a ready reference
just in case, you never know…
you know?
with so much time and energy
devoted to caring for her collections
she barely has time to enjoy their
contents, to peruse her beautiful
book pages, or listen to a favorite
tune, or sit long enough to catch
a flick, start to finish, without
interruption or distraction…still,
she fancies herself organized
to a tee, because being so feels safe
and settled; helps erase the chaos
ping-ponging in her scattered brain;
things in their place keeps her sane
or at least implies as much;
a secret, her secret, hidden to
those who only judge books by
their covers, where eccentricity
is a gentler reality to madness


NaPoWriMo 2023 Challenge Day Twenty-Eight: write your own index poem. You could start with found language from an actual index, or you could invent an index, somewhat in the style of this poem by Kell Connor.

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