lost treasures
by Joseph A Farina

an old shoebox my mother gave me
where i saved, bright, coloured string,
a shiny black and red streaked stone,
a cat’s eye marble, elastic bands,
double cola and Kist cream soda bottle caps
and an emerald piece of foundry slag
i found in core sand on water street

an old shoebox
found in my mothers closet
cleaning up after her death
with photographs faded and creased
of her and me in sicily,
a printed note in my first hand
shakily wishing her love
on mothers day, knitted blue
baby shoes, a cats eye marble
and a shiny stone streaked
in black and red.

IMAGE: Kist cream soda bottle cap.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I though I had lost all those items in that shoebox as I was growing up, never thinking my mother had gathered them and saved them in the back of her closet. It was only after she died and the clean up of her estate that I found It again. It brought back memories and smiles among the tears of her loss. I hope to pass them on to my grandchildren — a tie to their past and mine.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joseph A Farina is a retired lawyer in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Several of his poems have been published in Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, Ascent  and in The Tower Poetry Magazine, Inscribed, The Windsor Review, Boxcar Poetry Revue, and appears in the anthology Sweet Lemons: Writings with a Sicilian Accent, and in the anthology Witness  from  Serengeti Press. He has had poems published in the U.S.A magazines  Mobius, Pyramid Arts, Arabesques , Fiele-Festa and Memoir(and) as well as in Silver Birch Press “Me, at Seventeen” Series. He has had two books of poetry published — The Cancer Chronicles and  The Ghosts of Water Street.