. . . 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.