Winter rental

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By Margaret Emerson

renting

another’s

home

becomes

my

amazingly

welcome

retreat

at day’s end

from the cold

after travel

greeting guests

surrounded

by her things

untouched

but telling

their own stories

of her

the photographer

bicycler

collector

lover

new orleans

discoverer

refrigerator notes

reminders

numbers

magnetic buttons

define surprise

my favorite

eye level

on freezer door

there is so much

to love about you

books recognized

some old

some young

too many plants

needing attention

too many glasses

in the cupboard

was that here

or was that

in my cottage

kitchen

Since retiring as a professor of nursing at Northeastern University, Margaret Emerson lives in Chilmark, where she pursues her passion for painting and poetry.