I have a new book out: Carmine Fin, Golden Road. It's a collection of poems from 2014-2016. Enjoy!
The Mirror of Heaven
The Mirror of Heaven
Carmine Fin, Golden Road
there are box houses in Trumansburg. I count fifteen all in a row. Lois has gone and bought one for $12,000. There are no trees on the land. They are white box “townhouses” all joined together in an “L” shape. Inside, they are a box room with a spectacular view of the lake. They are white . they each have an air conditioner.
“what did you do?” I scream. “What did you do?”
“the woman,” Lois says, smiling. “She sold them to me. Claire.”
I make eggs on a stove covered in grease. I am sick. Everything is disgusting here.
“if you don’t like it, leave.”
At the cul de sac the man has the crowbar. The houses are on tiny hills. We are up very high.
This is it. The man hits me with the metal bar and I say no but I won’t play along with the new life of Lois so I am dead girl walking.
He backs me down the street; swinging.
I run and jump into the void, land thousands of feet below with a thud.
The little boy helps me.
“you are old, Sally. That is why you can’t think straight.”
I can’t think straight. The family has taken me in. I sit on the commode, my hair of gray. The carpets matted and filthy. Tiny animals crawl around on the floor.
“gonna watch cartoons before church!” the boy sez. They go to church at night. They are Catholic.
“Here, Sally. Eat it. It’s good.” It’s disgusting. I spit it out.
The women are talking to me. There is a manhunt for a missing woman who has thrown herself off the markshear cliff.
“That can’t be you, Sally.”
I have a gleam in my eye.
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