She brings the matches because she’d like
to light a candle, build a fire. She wants
a china teacup to always have her own
coffee. She adds a knife to cut open
the bread before she eats it, and a tiny
house to remind her of home. She’ll need
the key for her new house. She brings
daffodil and crocus bulbs for her new garden,
the bell because it reminds her of school.
She folds the green blue brown yellow grey
map of Scotland, so she can always visit home.
A ball of yellow yarn for knitting or mending
or stitching the suitcase. She wants music
to play on her bell. Finally, she puts
a photograph of her dog into the suitcase
because she can’t bring him on the journey.
And she’s away.