Furniture is gone…

Everything must go!

Tonight I am working in a nearly empty house. All our furniture has been sold off today at a massive garage sale.

The few items left, like the couch, will be sent away tomorrow. The emptiness is soothing. I didn’t realize how much attention our possessions demanded from us until now.

My desk has become a small, plastic fold out table. On it are the essentials — two monitors, a printer, keyboard, mouse and phone. There isn’t room for anything else. Soon, that’s how we will be living our lives. The essentials will be there — our monchu and our work. That’s where our focus will be.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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