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The hands on their kitchen clock move silently,
I open cupboard doors.
Sorting two entire lives takes time.

I wanted to avoid it after dark,
but really–could this kitchen frighten?
It has fed us visitors
so many Sunday brunches
I can still find memories spattered on the stove.

Arnold and Romelle
pass all these things to us:
crystal, silver, all her diamonds
(which I put in a sandwich bag.) Under a lace tablecloth
I found Romelle’s young face,
my husband’s mother in a wedding announcement.
I could have talked to that face better
than the one that always wore authority.
I might have liked the bride
who Xed recipes in A MODERN KITCHEN GUIDE.

Shortly after midnight
I hang freshly ironed curtains,
step back, straighten, step back,
straighten, wear the motions
that she used to make.


2 thoughts on “PASSING ON

  1. Such history is locked inside these heirlooms, and the descriptions of the people and memories tied to them invoke such a powerful sense of nostalgia. The author’s wistfulness yet acceptance over times past is the most beautiful gem of all in this jewelry box. Diamonds packed in sandwich bags… Indeed.

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