birds in a barrel's mission is to release creative nonfiction into the wild.

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.

Four Things

This is silly and shouldn't take long
because it's only four rituals
that I make myself recall
to do routinely every morning.

They're nothing extraordinary - -
stuff we all do but if I forget
even one then I'll regret it
all day long while I worry.

I don't want to have to list them,
though they're clearly four of them
to check off before I cross the threshold
into what the day holds.

Most days I add a fifth,
but it's truly just a flourish:
hanging decorative fobs on earlobes.
Meanwhile the enumeration gods

have me in their designs for some
obsessive disorder. Maybe we're
all one day away from insane.
At least for me there's only four

that is, before I leave home.

A Pale Pink Balloon

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