Betsy Fuchs writes poetry, memoir, family stories, and prayers. She posts her work, sometimes accompanied by archival and contemporary photographs, at http://betsywblog.blogspot.com/ These days she is writing stories about her Aunt Claire LeBrint Metzger, of blessed memory, who was the family’s "Auntie Mame” and a writer-role model for Betsy.
Twenty-first century clutter traps me
fills my time and in a daze my days disappear
--what with Facebook Twitter Email Facetime YouTube
Wikipedia Blogs Podcasts Texting IM Instagram.
Twentieth century paper clutter still around still abounds
mail delivered daily: donation pleas, advertising come-ons
-- tossed out
magazines mailed monthly: AARP, Southern Poverty Law Center and more
-- kept in baskets
handouts from: poetry readings, classes, events, workshops
-- kept in files
(like my emails, maybe to read or to need later).
Yet in my house there are books
a few new
some from the library
some from friends
with their solid feel
and their sometimes temporary status
-- I read them now
(unlike my Kindle, its electronic books unread).
Books in the twenty-first century are
unique a treat rare
and when I curl up in a chair
and hold a book
and feel the paper
and turn its pages
when I read and reread and mark parts I love
with sticky notes or paperclips or highlighting
or when I underline
my life is spacious and slow
in the old-fashioned twentieth century way.