is a retired anthropologist who spent most of his life in Florida and now lives in New Jersey.
He has published poetry and short fiction in Green Mountains Review
, Anthropology & Humanism
, and U.S. 1
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Tempus edax rerum
I look for you in things you left behind:
your party dress, Gram’s brooch, that beaded bag,
a rayon scarf with hints of Jean Naté.
But you are gone who touched and loved them all.
The mildewed albums mock the fresh-faced youths,
abandoned now in faded black and white,
who never could have guessed their shabby fate.
They could not hold you here—not them, not me.
Yours was a long and almost happy life
whose shards fill eighteen cartons that now sit
at curb-side ’til St. Vincent’s men arrive.
I’ll supervise with mostly tearless eyes
and leave you to those gentle scavengers.