Josh Rathkamp: For the First Time in Years

She reached in
to the second drawer down,

the one beneath her socks,
the one that held everything:

Nyquil, allergy pills,
a bag of spare toothbrushes,

and in her hand she offered a green one to me,
led me down the hallway,

showed me
the toothpaste behind the bathroom mirror,

the shelf
above the toilet,

the place to leave it
in case I needed it again.



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