Yesterday, I helped you start the procedure of throwing your life
into suitcases and duffel bags for the next six weeks. 

Helped you arrange veins of shoes (pencil heels, sandals, sneakers)
and buildups of clothing (tunics, kurtas, salwar kameez, jeans, trousers),

helped you piece together itineraries (airport, aunt’s then cousins’ houses)
and dissect instructions (passports, boarding passes, smiles at the gate),

helped you stitch in place the smallest and most tedious of your tasks.
And oh . . . I see just how much effort we put into simply existing.