The one on the right is standard letter sized
eight & a half by eleven sheets
all white with black inkjet print
and stacks neatly as if ready
for a box.
The one on the left is random sizes
shapes colors from little cards
with cute mice eating seeds on them
to a drawing of a map
that emulates the world
as seen by Amerigo Vespucci
but in bright colored pencil
instead of faded ink.
The right stack could be poems
based on the irregular
amount of words and letters
and the spacing on them.
Eight hundred and twenty three sheets
all with a date from the calendar year
The threat is the paper shredder
on a short table in between
the two stacks.
The threat is the last orders
(will and testament)
that spells out
in plain English
to destroy a life’s work.
These two stacks are just the beginning.
One studio closet is full
of manuscript boxes
and several portfolio cases.
And that does not count the walls
hung with framed work
or poems push-pinned onto plaster.
Paul opens a whiskey bottle
and pours himself a drink.
He swishes it about his mouth like Listerine.
The power button on the shredder
glows blue after he presses it.
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