Getting Rid Of

. . . Now is the season of sorting. Books

are the hardest.  Knowledge sifts

off the shelves into boxes for veterans.

The mind gathers dust the way bindings

warp and curl like odd animals.

Old Nietsche from college, farewell!

The neighbors offer to shovel our snow

or send their eleven-year-old children.

Humiliation, with grace, becomes humility.

–excerpt from “Getting Rid Of” in To Sip Darjeeling at Dawn by Donna Pucciani (Virtual Artists Collective 2011). First published in After Hours.


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