and a happy new year

to put up

First. You open the attic,

let it swallow your air, the healthy temperature.

Pull out the boxes, even the broken

full of tissue and newspaper.

Second. Bring them down to the dark tree,

the velvet skirt, the cards strung in a line.

Wrap it all individually like it’s Tuesday and glass.

Put the lid on tightly. The moths eat.

Third. Know this for a new decade:

God travels in lightyears without a single box.

silver in reflection

Resolution #6. If it’s a thing un-enjoyed, throw it out.

About me


String Theory
June 05, 2014
Fan into Flame
August 28, 2013
A Haines Home Companion: A Little Eden
March 13, 2013
A Haines Home Companion: The Brave Woman
February 01, 2013
The Saturdaily: Amber’s List
September 01, 2012
Share the Beauty
March 17, 2012
the winter feeling
January 12, 2012
Dean Atkinson, ee cummings, and my eyes open
October 14, 2010
the bypass
July 07, 2010


Reply December 29, 2009

I love that last line! Oh and I feel you about being over with Christmas. Already I am going through cabinets and drawers getting things in order. Same thing every year.

Reply December 29, 2009

Oh, man, Amber, I've been cleaning out closets and drawers all morning. Too much stuff. I need more of Piper's "war-time mentality". Off to Potter's Thrift I will go (again). Does it ever end? (Hi, Audra!)

Reply December 29, 2009

even if the thing un-enjoyed is in my heart, showing dust in the sun , I will throw it out....change in the pause

Reply December 29, 2009

Does this mean you're being all productive and organize-yish today?
I have to admit I flinched a little bit when you brought up the subject of boxes. An over-consumer's penance awaits me in my basement. It is the dragon I must slay (in my house shoes and fleece, as no shining armor is to be found, not even in the crowded storage area).

Reply December 29, 2009

That's on my agenda today...enough of this lollygagging around...time to get with it!

Sara @ It's Good to be Queen
Reply December 29, 2009

This is good for me to read today. Change is hard. I feel like I have whiplash.

Elizabeth (@claritychaos)
Reply December 29, 2009

I love it when you write poetry.

Michelle at Graceful
Reply December 29, 2009

Love this! And what is it about post-Christmas that inspires the cleaning out of stuff? I am up to my eyeballs in boxes and grit -- physical and emotional, I think!

Reply December 29, 2009

It took me reading this to realize we're entering a new decade... where have I been?
Wonderful resolution.

Reply December 29, 2009

Oh me too. So tired of the mess. The things I love sit in boxes waiting to be displayed, while the junk I hate spreads to every corner. What a great resolution.

Reply December 30, 2009

Love to pack Christmas stuff away and get ready for a new year. It's a little on the OCD side, but I love January and the fresh happy feeling of a new year.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *