The New Arrival

by

 

A handkerchief in his pocket
A breath mint in his mouth
Standing like a new rake
beside the garden display 

He might have descended from
a Polish miller or a Roman Caesar
who straddled Gaul with his legions
But he is a pair of J.C. Penney loafers
slacks by K-Mart 

The courthouse has burned down on his past
Good-bye to a somewhere homeland
Good-bye to a great grandmother
who may or may not have had
a mole on her neck like his

The old gray chest in the U-Haul
is only full of jeans
No shards of pottery
No arthritic bones

 

First published in Hanging Loose.

 

Restricted Bridge - photo by Vera Lisa Smetzer.

Restricted Bridge – photo by Vera Lisa Smetzer.

 

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