What can YOU say in six sentences?
She has felt homeless there for more than a year. Dealing with the stains and smells of life is the thing that ties her to the floors and walls, otherwise she might drift out the window to some place like Mississippi, a place denser and harder to understand than this house, a thought she cannot bear. Laundry is her way of being present, yet as she folds, she travels back to being small, running through the tunnels of sheets, a tent on wires, in a sunny square of grass beside a garage. All she could see of her mother was a shadow and ankles; she wondered if her mother had suddenly changed, and that was all she was. Now, as she sorts, she listens to music - songs about need, trust, and zones of danger. Another load, and she will be done.