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Things I Won't Take With Me



fifteen hundred books
Seth Thomas mantel clock
three small antique cloisonne vases
painting of red-bearded monk from a French Quarter shop
bronze coyote in frozen howl from the dentist's castle
carved wooden lion from Paete
Grandma's Arizona axe head, dark granite
two-faced Buddha-demon netsuke
amateur abstract painting called "Fish"
flat tin Christmas ornaments from Oaxaca
mole cowrie shell
chunk of quartz and mica
blue baby blanket
sterling pyramid ring from Mazatlan
three boxes of comic books from the 70s and early 80s
black glass grave beads and brass fertility symbol necklace
Thai silk bedspread embossed with elephant
special edition Spyderco Civilian knife
multicolor kimono bought in Manhattan
1997 NCAA Basketball Championship t-shirt
Mom's wooden bucket with lid
family heirloom teacake recipe
large unpolished North Carolina sapphire
several years spent playing MMORPGs
a basket of Mardi Gras doubloons
a red 1987 Pontiac Firebird
four green divided Depression glass plates
over 4500 poems

All poems are written and copyrighted by Michael C. Rush.
None may be republished or repurposed without permission.