It starts with a glance

At a packed corner

Each eye sweeps

The entire room

And from the eyes

It moves

To the hands



Boxes of old papers


Magazines long out of print

Find their way

Out the door

To the trash or dumpster

Like a lifer at a company

Who was a good servant



Until no longer wanted

Even if needed

And shown the door

To make room

For more clutter



Cathy Porter’s poetry has appeared in California Quarterly, Harbinger Asylum, Chaffin Journal, Plainsongs, Homestead Review, and various other journals. Her poem Clocked In was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has two chapbooks available from Finishing Line Press: A Life In The Day and Dust And Angels. Her new chapbook Exit Songs is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press in 2016. She lives in Omaha, NE.