it is better than an empty closet,

for it encourages thrift

and reminds us

that we can, indeed, slam

those rosewood doors,

a cautious sanctimony

tucked in the scarves

of the accomplished

and inarguably well-spoken moms

who told us of regrets

we ought not to strive for.




and reach as lost stars do.

the clothes on our backs

flapping in light autumn sweat.

ready to be folded

again, near public showers.




Kristine Brown

Kristine Brown is a freelance writer and editor located in Southwest Texas. Her writing has been featured in Forage Poetry, In-Flight Literary Magazine, Dulcet Quarterly, Thought Catalog, Journal of Asian Politics and History, and Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry. While her work is driven by research, Kristine aims to expand herself creatively through poetry and prose. She experiments with writing at her blog, Crumpled Paper Cranes (



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