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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2018

HOARDING LIFE

 

By Michael Keshigian

 

His home was full of collectibles,

paintings, books, crafts,

possessing various degrees

of monetary worth and desirability,

yet what he cherished most

were items of menial worth

but considerable sentimentality,

items that pulled him back in time,

a large coffee can

he painted green

for his three-year-old son gathering rocks,

elementary songbooks,

a dilapidated grandfather’s rocking chair,

springs so rusty

they would snap if weighted upon,

the old Doberman’s chew toy,

his father’s tools.

All buildup

from previous generations

he hopes his children

will have the courage to discard

as he did, submerged in thought,

with his mother-in-law’s mementos

while his wife

was lost in remembrance,

grasping old photographs

and birthday cards

she once sent with their children’s

infant signatures attached.

 

 

 

Michael Keshigian’s twelfth poetry collection, Into the Light, was released in April, 2017 by Flutter Press. He has been published in numerous national and international journals, including Oyez Review, Red River Review, Sierra Nevada College Review, Oklahoma Review, and Chiron Review.  He has appeared as feature writer in over twenty publications, with six Pushcart Prize and two Best of the Net nominations. (michaelkeshigian.com)



Cindy Rosmus is a Jersey girl who looks like a Mob Wife & talks like Anybody’s from West Side Story. She works out 5-6 days a week, so needs no excuse to drink or do whatever the hell she wants She’s been published in the usual places, such as Shotgun Honey, Hardboiled, A Twist of Noir, Megazine, Beat to a Pulp, Out of the Gutter, Mysterical-E, and Twisted Sister. She is the editor/art director of the ezine, Yellow Mama. She’s a Gemini, a Christian, and an animal rights activist. She has recently been branching out into photo illustration, under the guidance and mentoring of Ann Marie Rhiel.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2018