Poetry: Ode on an REI Backpack

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Big enough to hold all of the things
Day-to-day, month-to-month
Sunscreen, dead of winter, 
but what if I burn?
Lip balm, in every case, 
what if I’m not kissable?
Tweezers for emergencies, stray hairs, stray splinters
Water, always.
A book
Two books
Three books
Unopened in months, unread
Eight pounds of ink and paper on my disabled back, 
but what if I get bored? 
My journal
Worn, trusty, hardy
Weeks of missing entries, but what if something notable happens?
Laptop charger
Phone charger
Portable battery
Second portable battery
Portable battery charger
Oil blotting papers
Three pilot G-2 pens
Sunglasses

Contact Rachel D’Agui at rdagui ‘at’ stanford.edu.

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