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Horsehairs and Headlines

Saint Paul, 9 September 2004

Our father's grip
The worn leather suitcase
Steerage of stranded slumlords
Contents absent from inventory
Wrought by ginkgo leaves
Shed by October frost

Our father's effects
The Tums and Pepsodent
Which, along with slumping horsehairs
Insulates wood frame houses like
Black Thursday's headlines stuffed
Thirteen inches on center