His wallet holds the scraps of yesterday
with faded photos dearest to his heart;
A raffle ticket, notice of a play
attended when his daughter had a part;
A stub from some wild party in the rain
at college when he went where laughter led;
A tiny rosebud wrapped in cellophane
from his true love's bouquet when they were wed;
A snip of ribbon done in earthy tones
from some dead soldier's grave across the sea;
Such pieces of his life are all he owns,
each remnant bringing back a memory.
These treasures, and a letter from a friend
will hold his world together till the end.
Published on November 1st, 2022
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