I sat at my kitchen table to eat some oatmeal
That I flavored with date syrup I bought in Oman.
I added flax seed because my doctor said it was good for my health.
Then I began to cut the tags off the 19 pairs of socks and 4 hats I bought yesterday.
I also got three pairs of gloves and a scarf.
I stuffed them into a purple floral backpack I borrowed from a friend
Who also gave me four toothbrushes and some tampons she didn’t need.
They went into the backpack too, along with two extra pairs of socks and a scarf I don’t need.
This sweatshirt doesn’t fit right, so I throw it in, too.
I pause to type these words on my computer
As I hear my washing machine come to a stop.
My towels and bathmats are clean.
I washed them after I got out of a hot shower this morning.
I toss them into the dryer.
Later I will get into my car that has a half tank of gas and drive downtown
To give away the things in the backpack to people living on the streets.
We’ll also serve hot chocolate