April 2019 Napowrimo-Day 16

Write a poem that uses the form of a list to defamiliarize the mundane.

the comforts I took for granted back in the days of my youth
I miss the sound of my mother’s slippered footsteps coming to check
if I was sleeping or reading under the covers
I miss the smell of soy sauce, sesame oil, and scallions cooking in my grandma’s kitchen
I miss my dad’s bathroom humor
inappropriately told over dinner
I miss watching Pokemon with my little brother back when it was still a social phenomenon
I miss seeing my friends every day
trading sandwiches at lunch
under the shade of our tree, which was cut down a few years ago in favor of a new building
I miss our excited discussions
of our latest obsessions
I miss when we still believed our first loves would last forever
and we thought we knew everything
I miss believing nothing could go wrong
as long as I followed the rules
my future would go according to plan
I miss believing everyone in the world would believe in me
I miss that time when I had no need to protect myself
It’s nice to reminisce on all that I miss
these photos collected in my head
I take them out on the days
adulting seems too hard
and I remember I am stronger today

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