Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Emptying The House

Thick, chocolate-colored hair pulled
back into a childish mess,
she dives headfirst into the attic's
leather-smellng surf-
swims easily in Time while I stand,
nervous, on the shore.

Dreading this chore, I'm more afraid
than she of what we'll find.
Maybe old photographs have
yellowed teeth, old letters fangs.

A sudden heartfelt fury, and her
diary's ripped in half.
Unknowingly, she groans and turns
to seize a box of books.

That tricky skylight rattles.
The sun is fading fast.

We've traded house for gold,
for time, for glitzy chance-

our last?

Barbara Riddle
October 10, 1997

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