'Simplify' by Gerry Stewart
I’m starting a spring clean
of fingerprinted windows
and overloaded shelves.
I need to pare down the clutter,
the built-up emotions
and baggage shoved in cupboards.
Wipe down the spider’s webs
that catch the negative thoughts
lingering in the corners.
Empty out the stacks of resentment,
clear the drawers of hoarded slights.
Vinegar-wash our dusty
compliments and acceptances
and spread them out in the sun.
Air out all the shuttered rooms,
let fresh breezes rustle
through with new opportunities.
It’s a big job, it may take
the two of us.
Copyright. Gerry Stewart.
Gerry Stewart is a poet, creative writing tutor and editor based in Finland. Her poetry collection Post-Holiday Blues was published by Flambard Press, UK. Totems is to be published by Hedgehog Poetry Press in 2022. Her writing blog can be found at http://thistlewren.blogspot.fi/ and @grimalkingerry on Twitter.