I let her play dress up
With closet treasures.
Sedate boxy handbags
carefully stuffed with tissue paper.
Italian leather satchels
treated with saddle soap
and polished to a rich sheen.
Timeless familiar Chanel bags
with the chains placed inside.
Bright plastic sports bags
with pockets for water bottles and sneakers.
Trendy plastic summer bags
big enough for sunscreen, shades, and a beach read.
A Judith Lieber minaudiere holding perfume vials.
Beaded evening clutches
with hooks inside for hanging on tables.
Tiny wristlets for keys and phone,
big on bling and punch.
Roomy long-handled totes
for Psalms and bag lunches to tuck inside.
What will her mother find when
She enters my closet?
What will she discover
When the time comes?
Which bags will she appropriate
As her legacy?
This piece was originally published on the Jewish Women of Words site