102/366: the things you find at the bottom of a drawer

things you find at the bottom of a drawer,

at the bottom of your heart,

you’d just forgotten they were there.

strange artifacts unearthed—

an unsent postcard

from bremerhaven

the summer my uncle died,

words written

by someone i can no longer recognize,

even down to the handwriting.

who writes so much on a postcard?

a plastic box from the jeweler’s

“Princess Weihnachten”—

my aunt’s scrawling script;

inside, a tarnished sterling silver chain

a tiny ruby charm.

and in case you were wondering

when you lifted its lid:

the silver is real

the stone is real,

assurances made,

let there be no doubt.

oh but what’s this?

vintage paper ephemera

once tucked in a letter

once crossed an ocean

delicately unfolded

tells hansel and gretel’s story,

how there were crumbs to follow

how they happily found their way home—

printed in west germany, it says

as if i would not have known.

then a mixed tape—

what year was i listening to genesis?

home by the sea

or home of the brave,

I never knew.

decades later i think i do.

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