Oh, they are all laid out!
The tools and housewares,
Trinkets from the cruise ship honeymoon,
Along with flotsam from the nuptial wreck.
A timing light for engines out of time,
The tune-up manual for dad’s Rocket 88,
And grandma’s Bible with the question marks.
The globe with all the countries wrong,
The baby pictures from 100 years ago
Of antique children who grew to nothing
More than frames to gather dust;
The serving spoon that scooped
Young peas from chipped tureens,
Furniture still creaking,
With cushions unraveled at the seams,
And the almost working typewriter.
All the evidence of life now marked “As is”,
As redoubtable as the retainer case
Belonging to the teenage son
Who hanged himself one Christmas Eve
And swallowed his retainer whole.
Marked down on this last day,
Yours for the taking.
A real bargain.
And now only 25 cents.
D.G. Geis lives in Houston, Texas. He has an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Houston and a graduate degree in philosophy from California State University. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in 491 Magazine, Lost Coast, Blue Bonnet Review, The Broadkill Review, A Quiet Courage, SoftBlow International Poetry Journal, Blinders, Burningword Literary Journal, Poetry Scotland (Open Mouse), Crosswinds, Scarlet Leaf, Sweet Tree, Atrocity Exhibition, Driftwood Press, Tamsen, Rat’s Ass, Bad Acid, Crack the Spine, Collapsar, Grub Street, Slippery Elm, Ricochet, The Write Place at the Write Time, and Steam Ticket.. He will be featured in a forthcoming Tupelo Press chapbook anthologizing 9 New Poets and is winner of Blue Bonnet Review’s Fall 2015 Poetry Contest. He is editor-at-large of Tamsen.