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: Acrostic: Mementos :

an excerpt by Paula Bohince

Miniatures from a shrunken life, safe,
examined in secret sadness: button with no dress left,
map torn in half, jagged turquoise
ending in his hand, completing the lifeline.
Nothing added for twenty years, each
treasure a snapshot of his child's face, which holds the same
old urges, remnants of that girl. He touches them,
sorry and beyond apologies.

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