Diya Chaudhuri

We know it's important to allow our possessions
the leeway to walk away, to pretend not to mind

that the bookcase has been edging toward the door
these two years now. We're learning

to feel good about it. We're paws crossed on the sofa
grooming our chests, or we're stomach to floor and half

under the bed, looking for unpaired socks. We're busying ourselves
making sure this Mountain Dew doesn't ring the coffee table,

which is barely speaking to us anymore, by the way.
We're taking inventory of the things we love (printer, pillow)

and those we could bear to lose. We're taking our cues
from an insurance commercial: Ready feels good.