A - t r o p h y

my grandmother used to have me wipe the table
clean as usual after dinner

those days babysitting her
delirium

then I got out her old encyclopaedia
britanica

and read from 1910 another
world altogether

24 years later I sold the set to my brother
fifty dollars

some extra funds at the
second wife

"we didn't need to do that"
she would say

whenever I sacrificed to her
shopping addiction

she spent everything
even the rent

you think I would learn I
need to live alone

my grandmother did
then she died

is that all there is ?


yes


No.      There also be
          a r t

m o n s t e r s
out here

beyond the edges of this

m a p