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Ben Gieske


Cleaning My Empty Room


I didn’t know this empty room was so full
Until I began to clean its mess of emptiness.

Vacant houses in corner webs,
Tiny creepers across the floor,
Bits of someone else’s world,
Windswept under the bed,
Startled spiders seeing red.

Worlds within worlds, wee factories,
Neglected cemeteries covering other’s memories,
Uninvited neighbors and silent, secret mini-monsters,

An underworld, an outerworld,
Insect, outsects,
Not all the same,
Not all known by name.

Are we within worlds, within worlds, within worlds
of someone’s cosmos and galaxy?
Do we have worlds within worlds, within worlds,
within our cosmos and galaxy?

- August 22,2006

Submitted: Monday, August 11, 2008

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  • Meggie Gultiano (5/9/2009 8:47:00 AM)

    too many insects and outsects...
    i LOVE THIS...maybe i will clean my room again tomorrow.
    Enjoyed this write..thanks, Sir Ben (Report) Reply

  • Vilma Xelin (8/12/2008 7:53:00 PM)

    I should do the cleaning on my headroom too... too many insects and outsects... too many times the same mistake, like buy too many times the same shoes, cause I have never use the first pair... and I bought it and bought it again... thanks for the vivid and ironic way that you used to take me to this reflection! I have to clean my room... (Report) Reply

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