April 11, 2012

The Clue of the Broken Locket

Found finger-worn
in a blue pocket--tarnish,

dust, a scrap of lyric
on a grocery store receipt--
1 dozen eggs,

a pint of whipping cream--
Oh, darling,
please believe me--

clasp butterflied, un-
openable, a heart dented--

nail, hammer--I'll
never do you no harm

a sterile paring knife, a cut
precise, warm gleam--
Believe me when I tell you

I couldn't stop it,
the cake from collapse,
a lump of bitter chocolate

in the icing. A hair
frozen in a tiny gilded frame.