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                              Poetry: Ode on an REI Backpack

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                              Big enough to hold all of the things
                              Day-to-day, month-to-month
                              Sunscreen, dead of winter, 
                              but what if I burn?
                              Lip balm, in every case, 
                              what if I’m not kissable?
                              Tweezers for emergencies, stray hairs, stray splinters
                              Water, always.
                              A book
                              Two books
                              Three books
                              Unopened in months, unread
                              Eight pounds of ink and paper on my disabled back, 
                              but what if I get bored? 
                              My journal
                              Worn, trusty, hardy
                              Weeks of missing entries, but what if something notable happens?
                              Laptop charger
                              Phone charger
                              Portable battery
                              Second portable battery
                              Portable battery charger
                              Oil blotting papers
                              Three pilot G-2 pens
                              Sunglasses

                              Contact Rachel D’Agui at rdagui ‘at’ stanford.edu.

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