Things I Lose

if I ever lose my buttons I hope someone finds them
in tact with the sharp end still piercing
they will wear them on their jackets with pride,
attach to backpacks where they may fall once again

if I ever lose a scarf may it warm another’s neck
or be found as bedding for a winter burrow
and not bound up in a larger animal’s intestines
or dashing into windshields causing havoc

whenever I lose an earring I hope it sparkles
perhaps in the nesting of a mother bird
or reused and refurbished into a necklace
adorning another person’s neck

when I lose a to-do list or friendly note
I hope I can remember the tasks myself
or that someone gets a good giggle
and that it gets recycled, not thrown out

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