The house was mostly empty by the time my Mother passed away

furniture sold and moved out,  clothes sent to Goodwill

The kitchen appliances thrown out as broken or

divvied up to various relatives

When I did a walk through with a real estate agent I expected only echoes

so was surprised to see the bedroom closets filled with hangers

Someone,  or several someones had left them behind

I supposed they remembered how frugal she was,  my Mom

Waste not, want not,  she used to say

it was passed down to all of us 

The agent just smiled when she saw them

We all leave things  she said, walking away 


leaving me to stare at what was no longer there  

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