Dorothy Doyle Mienko The 2River View, 5.2 (Winter 2001)

Estate Sale Blues

it wasn't the way
light slanted
through stained glass

it wasn't the rose
carved headboard or
missing linen

it wasn't tinsel
half-moon garlands
or glittered bulbs

it was the ruby
pin in the hat box
its clasp broken
and how it missed

three pearls

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