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            Halsted’s Housewares*
            By Rose Drew

            My friend is moving
            and has failed to pack up her man
            I have suggested a large box
            hopefully with holes
            maybe some paper lining

            She is despondently plagued
            by guilt
            and has shouted at herself
            for pages of dark dramatic print

            If she were to take him
            she’d need to crack the windows
            at rest stops
            or else act surprised
            when she opens
            the well-taped box

            But my friend is moving and
            has failed to pack her man
            leaving him discarded amongst
            the mismatched plates, chipped creamers
            and excesses of linen tablecloths

            She remains ambivalently plagued
            by guilt, but will
            need to shut off the gas and electricity
            before the meter readers return.

            She has shouted at herself for pages,
            of dark dramatic print,
            and is delighted to find her work applauded
            at her many many readings.

            My friend is moving.
            I will miss her company.

            © Copyright 2004, Rose Drew, All Rights Reserved.

            *Halsted is a Connecticut poet, featured in The Best of The Fairfield Review. A sample poem may be found here. --egh

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