They say, “Today is a present that’s why
It’s called the present.” hmmmmmmm
Well, what about my birthday presents
And their multiple present presence?
They sit on the table in the present.
They also have presence, especially
Since they embody things someone
Was present to in my past thoughts,
Which became the present.
A book of the complete poems
Of Maya Angelou–I have read
The first section, and two yellow
Japanese style bowls–
I was planning to buy more.
I have not taken them off the table
Leaving them present today,
Which is a present of another sort.
I have not chosen a place for them
In my present, so knowing their presence
Does not slip inside the past, which
Is still present, even if we don’t see it so.