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 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.
- Turning Into Nothing
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