Catching the Send-Off Train: Melanie Faith

 About Melanie Faith
 About the Poems

  © Melanie Faith, 2013


In a discarded cigar box
that was my Uncle Wallace’s,
under my bed

I kept hidden:
a Cracker Jack decoder ring,
Yankees baseball cards,
shiny stones and shell casings
Dan and I found in the woods,
a scouting badge,

a green cast-iron
toy soldier

I named after my dad.

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  Catching the Send-Off Train:
Telephone Operator
Justice of the Peace
Where There’s Smoke
  There’s Breakfast
Life Line
Fragments, Sent
Red, White, Green
Pauline to Edgar
I’m not saying it’s the same.
Taking off His Ring, Part One
Edgar to Pauline
Tattered Mosaic
And Sometimes a Boy Needs
  a Father
Taking off His Ring, Part Two
Charlie: Settling In
Thirty years
Charlie: Settling In, Part Two
Platform: Traveling Back