#29 – What will make a bookmark…

#29 – What will make a bookmark…


I have a bookmark box.

(Do you?)


In it, a random set

of handmade helpers

who save pages for me,


as a reminder.


(But I dogear, too, much to their chagrin.)


When not nearby

or in a pinch

a gum wrapper maybe or






once, a pressed ginkgo leaf


often, a friend’s cross-stitch


sometimes, his father’s 3×5 notecards
from New Guinea c. 1936


most recently, a note from my host to please remove my shoes before climbing up the ladder to the loft where I read Mary Oliver by moonlight.

Photo (Cape Cod, MA) & Poem ©2022, Jen Payne. #NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Month. If you like this poem, you can read similar in my books and zines, available from Three Chairs Publishing on my ETSY SHOP. They come autographed, with gratitude and a small gift.

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