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Tue, 01 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400 For man also knoweth not his time.
The Red Beads: At the Maldonado Flea Market, Uruguayhttps://www.firstthings.com/article/2013/02/the-red-beads-at-the-maldonado-flea-market-uruguay
Fri, 01 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Among the pipes and pulleys, sacks and seeds,
there is a necklace made of crimson beads.
Great care was taken that it catch the eye
the Sunday market stalls and sundry shops
where needs and wants diverge. A woman stops.
She holds the necklace to her collar, asks
the price, then gently puts it down and masks
her disappointment with a repartee ”
Demasiado lindo para mí.
Too nice. Yet, homeward-bound, shell look again
and hope no one has bought it.
Now and then,
a thing of beauty must be bargained for,
though all it graces is a dresser drawer.
Fri, 01 Jun 2007 00:00:00 -0400 For moments when they questioned me
and I replied indifferently,
or wished I’d practiced birth control,
may God have mercy on my soul.