All of the My Favorite Things by Todd Cirillo

Upon returning
from one of my many adventures,
without her,
she asked me,
half obligated, half interested,
to tell her what I did
while I was away.

I recounted stories
filled with music,
drinking, dancing,
laughter and
writing poems
next to the Mississippi River.

She walked slightly
behind me
and said,
“well, you were
surrounded by all
of your favorite things.”

I told her,
“everything except you”

as she
caught up to me

Todd Cirillo is co-founder and editor of Six Ft. Swells Press. He is one of the originators of the After-Hours Poetry movement. He has eight books of poetry and his poems have appeared in numerous national and international literary journals, magazines and cocktail napkins everywhere. Todd lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. His latest book is Burning the Evidence published by Epic Rites Press and is available at You can find him at and

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