picking up a box of cereal
shaking it and finding not enough for a bowl
your favorite fragrance filled soap bar
melted down to just a sliver
that bottle of Pom Wonderful sits at the back of the fridge
taunting you with just one last drop to taste
the things we love once so full
taken for granted
when they are finally gone
but are they really?
we often leave the cereal and juice
sitting on display for weeks on end
not wanting to discard them
as to not be wasteful
there is product to be consumed
the soap sliver
is placed underneath the sink out of view
most often put back in the little cardboard box it came in
we rationalize that if we ever totally run out of soap
we’ll at least have the sliver to suds our body up with
knowing full well that a little piece of soap won’t serve to cleanse anything
if we throw away the cereal and juice
it makes it real
we now have to look at the empty spaces they once inhabited
it’s now obvious that they need to be replaced
but who wants to do that?
searching among crowds of people
cereal is almost $10 a box now
pricey pomegranate juice tastes good, but is a luxury we can no longer afford
we can drink tap water and eat what we already have
but are we ever truly satisfied when we choose not to refill or clear out our empty spaces?
whether it’s a spot in the fridge where an overpriced bottle of juice once sat
or our hearts which we haven’t cleaned out in years
emotional remnants and residue still reside there
taking up valuable space and not paying any rent
hogging up all of our energy and drinking it down like lemonade on a hot summer day
we allow this to happen
is it really that hard to throw away something small and no longer filled with meaning?
are we afraid that our hearts have shrunk?
we might find that our hearts have grown larger over time
that they are just bursting for the chance to beat a little stronger
if we weed our heart’s garden we just may find it filled with
room for fresh vegetables that could sustain us the rest of our lives
time to clear out those old Fruity Pebbles boxes and buy a juicer
something new and wonderful is on the way
if we make room for newness
there will always be space for love
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