– I like your dress.

– Thanks. It has pockets.

– And what do you put in your pockets?

– Whatever I don't feel like holding in my hands.

– And what do you hold in your hands?

– Whatever I need to complete the task at hand.

– And what is the task at hand?

– To learn how to confidently accept compliments.

– What do you mean?

– Well, you told me you like my dress.

– I do.

– Thanks. It has pockets.

Sarah Kobrinsky was the 2013-2015 Poet Laureate of Emeryville, CA. Her collection, Nighttime on the Other Side of Everything, is forthcoming by New Rivers Press (Autumn 2019). Her poems and stories have appeared in Magma Poetry, Eleven Eleven, Monkeybicycle, 100 Word Story, and Fjords Review among many others. She was born in Canada, raised in North Dakota, seasoned in England, and tempered in California. Sarah and her husband have a handmade dinnerware company called Jered’s Pottery. 

You can see more of her work in 2.1 and 2.3 and the 2019 Pocket Poems Anthology