Returning

When I open the door
and reach to the light switch
the world opens as it did each time.
 
The garlic jar on the ledge,
the ceramic cup holding
cheese cutters and paring knives.
 
Outside a branch
from the ash tree
worries the window.
 
It was a place where I knew
the drawer pulls, the feel of steps
to the basement, the smell of cool cement.
 
If I open the middle cabinet,
the linen is there as you left it,
well-ordered, none of it fine.
 

Poem copyright ©2016 by Tami Haaland from South Dakota Review, (Vol. 52, nos. 3 & 4, 2016). Poem reprinted by permission of Tami Haaland and the publisher.  
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