Poetry Month, Day 18, Lytton Bell, "Jane's Heartbreak Yard Sale"
Today was yard sale day - we made a whole whopping $50, but we did manage to get rid of a pair of tents. So, today, a poem about yard sales.
Here is a link to where I found the poem, which includes a reading, I presume by the author. I really like the last stanza - I find that really makes the whole poem pop. The first stanza is quite provocative as well...
JANE’S HEARTBREAK YARD SALE
Who sells used sex toys at a garage sale? I knew I had to pull over as soon as I saw that table full of dildos just to hear this woman’s story
A whole bed was for sale and a claw-footed bathtub a motorcycle, a large stack of books lingerie and ten photo albums Photo albums? Leafing through, I could see that they were all happy couple love photos: their trip to Hawaii backpacking through Europe mountain climbing in Tibet
And I shouldn’t forget to mention all of the love notes three huge cardboard boxes full of them. I picked one up: I stood outside your window for hours last night while you were sleeping hoping you would feel me there, and pull open the curtain
I approached her as she sat by the cash box wearing a pair of oversized pink sunglasses So, this is everything he ever gave you? I asked her, trying to be nonchalant She nodded I was going to light it all on fire, she told me But what’s the point? True, I replied, not sure what else to say She seemed so peaceful about it. Almost happy
Just then I noticed a pile of cds: Jane’s Joy Ride Mix Jane’s Taking a Bath Mix Mix for Jane for When She’s Feeling a Little Blue And one called In Case of an Emergency, I LOVE YOU It was sealed with yellow CAUTION tape and had obviously never been opened
Can I buy this?I asked her $3.50, she said I gave her the money and put the cd in my car and cried and could not open it