#97 What We Keep


#97 What We Keep
2004 – 15 x 21 edition of 25 – $450

What We Keep
As instructed
by my grandmother
at ninety-eight,

hoarder of small things,
scraps and baubles
filling drawers…

“They’ll come in handy someday”
she would say…

I save things too,
the way a child
tucks found treasures
in her pockets.

Last night, I chose the soft
lavender ring around the moon,

today, the call of loons
across the bay,

the great blue heron
rising in the slough.