Poem from Yong Takahashi


A ring sits on the shelf

On your side of the walk-in closet

All your clothes now gone

We fought when we purchased the house

I thought the closet was too small

To hold all the things I loved

You thought it was adequate

Happy with what you had

I kept buying more treasures

To fill up my empty heart

It would never be enough

To fill in the cracks between us

Now the closet is too large

It may take my entire lifetime

To replace the empty space

You left in my life

About Yong Takahashi

Yong Takahashi won the Chattahoochee Valley Writers National Short Story Contest and the Writer's Digest's Write It Your Way Contest. She was a finalist in The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Southern Fried Karma Novel Contest, Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest, and Georgia Writers Association Flash Fiction Contest. Some of her works appear in Cactus Heart, Crab Fat Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, Gemini Magazine, Meat For Tea, and Twisted Vines.


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