An Inventory of Lost Things
for its stupidity, the way it blundered
into Portuguese clubs
and into the jaws of dogs
but for its innocence, because
I understand blind trust.
And I choose Lot’s Wife
for her lack of faith, the yearning
for what she could not lose,
even as she has survived,
and without a face.
I choose Gina Lollobrigida,
ooh la la, Italian vamp, the doll
my mother’s grandmother
made, her yarn curls
and rag legs longer
and thinner than hunger and fear.
From an inventory of lost things,
I choose November,
its chilly memos about leaving
written in the stitching
of last geese, the absence
of kindness, winter’s misery
in the face of all that coming light.
I choose you
and the circling trains, the ones
that never arrive, passengers turning
to face the place they came from
where they once belonged.
Karla Huston, Appleton, is the author of six chapbooks of poetry. Her poems, reviews and interviews have been published widely. She was awarded a Pushcart Prize in 2011. A new chapbook and a full collection of poems, A Theory of Lipstick, are forthcoming in 2013. “An Inventory of Lost Things” was previously published in a chapbook by the same name by Centennial Press, 2009. www.karlahuston.com