by Aimee Nicole

How do I explain to someone new the baggage

I bring to this relationship?

It’s only been a few weeks, but my suitcases are heavy

and getting wet sitting out there in the weather.

I can see them from the window,

dark shadows haunting the steps, haunting us.

Will you try to pack them back into the car and throw

them off the closest bridge? (Not hard to find in RI.)

Or will you bring them inside on a Sunday afternoon.

Unpack what’s inside while holding my hand.

Laying all the items out across the living room floor so

they can live amongst us as friends.


Featured in our July 2021 issue, "Heritage"