Curator

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A curator of the past
carries dusty exhibits 

up from the basement
to place in glass cases

lined in chronological
order on the first

floor of the Museum
of Personal History

in Hampton, Pennsylvania
cases cleaned daily

by the dutiful curator
who puts placards in place

that describe each exhibit 
in scrupulous detail 

for five dollars you can visit
every day but Sunday

from ten to six
refreshments available

	I wander through, fingers
	grazing the glass

	a child with welts
	a teen with empty bottles

	and razor blades
	a woman living on

	apple slices
	a husband in a hospital bed

	monitor beeping
	a son struck by a car

	in a crosswalk
	the still morning
		sliced by sirens

Cover the cases with 
black cloth

nail them shut with 
thick nails

send the curator 
for coffee

to see people smiling
couples touching

kids racing 
a child softly singing

wheels on the bus
his mother nodding 	
	in time

Let the dark 
take back
its own

Claire Scott Rubin

Claire Scott is an award winning poet who has published in numerous literary magazines. She has been nominated twice for the  Pushcart Prize (2013 and 2014).  She was also a semi-finalist for both the 2014 Pangaea Prize and the 2014 Atlantis Award.  Claire is a winner of the Arizona State Poetry Society 2013 Annual Poetry Contest. Her forthcoming first collection of poems, Waiting to be Called, published in 2015.

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