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Thrift Store
by Andrea Ascah

Shopping among the old blankets and rugs
time has passed into and mixed with
smells of sweat, food, old age
I found a framed note
"Hilda—Thanks for Passover the dinner
—Marlene"
A bright orange sticker pasted on its side
reads two dollars
and refers to the blue-plaid surrounding it,
I assume.
This Hilda, she had cared enough,
to preserve this unremarkable note from Marlene.
It seemed an unequal equation,
unrequited love
illustrated by plain white paper, ballpoint pen
and padded frame,
sitting next to a chipped white vase
which reads, "Pedro and Juanita, May 11, 1967"

 

Andrea Ascah is a poet based in New York City.