Attached to an evolutionary
variety of chains
each sporting a souvenir medallion,
miniature flashlight or good luck charm
jingling in every pocket and purse.
Houses, apartments, bike locks,
offices, safety deposit boxes, cars,
aging parents' homes, grown
children's homes, office ladies' room,
gym lockers, mailboxes, diaries, lockets,
suitcases, jewelry boxes,
one by one detached and discarded
as they are rendered
useless by time,
or is it tide?
One by one
until only a few
hardy survivors remain.
Like a good sauce
boiled down to its essence,
smaller richer, more complex,
so long in the preparation
so quickly gobbled up.
From Sounds of Morning (Finishing Line Press 2021).
Used here with permission.