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Grandfather

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Grandfather

The attic's a mess
with moth-bitten coats and
the ugly, brown Depression

Furniture is ground up
and sprinkled
like ashes on the lake

My grandfather bought this
hat once. Wore it all day in a 
day I never saw.
He died in a war to
be scattered 
on this hardwood floor

A white door painted shut
to keep out
the smell and broken picture frames

He is sealed in now
Embalmed and pressed
In the same suit he wore to visit
the President. He is alive 
in the pictures and books and
indefatigable clothes.

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