Jim Trainer

HOW TO KEEP A LETTER FROM FLUSHING

In Charlie O'Hay, National Poetry Month on April 25, 2014 at 2:26 pm

As a kid
whenever I got a letter
from Flushing
I knew it was from
my grandfather.

He’d been there for years
with his shack job
Bonnie
drinking themselves
toothless.

My grandmother said
he’d been a handsome man
once
long ago
and showed me a picture.

A letter from Flushing meant
a five dollar bill
still smelling of a taproom
and a card
written by a shaky hand.

Somewhere in a box
on the top shelf of my closet
I still have one
just one:
my inheritance.

by Charlie O’Hay

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