Pierre Blue Ribbon

April 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

Pierre Blue Ribbon
By Jeff Barnes

Your self worth is only worth what people are
willing to pay for it, I remind myself, and pry back & forth
the can’s tab remembering the space between FFC caps and lanyard.
Hoping to inherit something of their past owners’ lives,
I spent the day shopping for second-hand ties. Holding a two dollar Cardin,
I imagined he in front of mirror,
his wife in beige & lace slipping past, hands ironing folds like wrinkles, in the
lower left of their faux vermeil. His knot half tightened, she puts in place
clamshell buttons from top to bottom, one after the next;
her newly adopted order, her effort to stave off Alzheimer’s.
She reminds him to bring Sudoku for the train,
and he raises a finger from his hook, nods, touches temple
and sets a mental note. Thank you, he says.
She smiles.
I open another can of beer and loosen my tie.


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