Saturday, September 10, 2011

M For Memory

[Daughter photo: our back porch]

Grampa's pistola, Alfred's
Watch --gold-- a
Folding brass rule
In a dimming past,
A netting shuttle I
Saw whittled out of
Shingle under shady
Trees sees me, and
There's sissors stabbed
Into Portuguese cork
And a box of pins,
This is how settlement
Begins: someone
Builds a shadow,
A shadowbox, and under
Glass each soul looks
Out, out of the past.
Only in reflection do
They see outlines
Of things to be --
Like us, like
You and me.


  1. Thanks for the memories, especially apt for today when our own memories are so important in guiding us to our future. I'm reminded of a favorite quote: "Be wary of those who seek to harness your truth to their agenda." ~ Septimus Pratt

  2. Excellent cautionary quote, Will. I place it even above the succinct "Dodge Ram Bighorn", which I've always tried to do when one comes at me. Same defensive maneuver serves both emergencies.


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