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In search of story

Connections: April 20.17

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Cold recurring thought

from which there’s no escape:

is this what it all comes down to —

bubble wrap and tape?

Is this how I preserve

bits of family lore?

I must insist on NO:

that’s what my words are for.

Wrapping family hand-me-downs

in paragraphs and pages

is how we bubble-wrap

our stories for the ages.

Who cares? you ask. Who’s going to read?

Oh, someone will, somewhere —

a curious, amused

incredulous distant heir.

The unknown genealogist

no matter he or she

doubtless brilliant, charming

in fact, a lot like me.

And thus my thoughts run on

unburdening shelves and drawers

caught between the memories

and the unknowable encores.

Connections

2 thoughts on “Connections: April 20.17

  1. Our generation loves heirlooms and the stories behind them. I’m thinking our grandchildren will be hawking those same heirlooms on eBay. 🙂

    • Indeed, that has been among my many thoughts these days. I try not to deceive myself, but still I hope that, even if all this is sold or tossed, the stories will remain long after I am bubble-wrapped!

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