Broken croquet mallet,
spider-webbed, smothered in ancient dust,
grimy to the touch.
Great-aunt Belle’s favorite doll,
its left arm mysteriously AWOL.
Cousin Will’s six-gun, walnut-grain
plastic molded grip
cracked and splintered.
Allen wrenches and pipe-sockets
covered with raggedy newsprint
from five decades past,
yellowed, chewed through by mice
industrious creatures engineering
downy nests layered
with the headlines of the day —
Alderman Convicted of Embezzlement.
St. Ignatius Fundraiser a Grand Success.
Help Wanted: Detasslers and Bean Walkers. Good Money!