03 June 2013

The Collector

the collector taps the catalogue
containing his great-grandmother's

pewter, the heat of the day
kept at bay by thickstone walls,

thin, leaded panes, pale walls
patterned with color, a carefully considered quilt

of all his acquisitions, on smooth-planed
shelves, too, the cut glass vitrines contain

several beating hearts, the credit panel for each labeled
in careful black and white, noting

their source and origin, written down, too,
in the black-bound book he habitually carries,

left, in a legacy, to his infant son

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