a pathetic little poem

by Joanna Gilman Hyde

The Tomato-coloured Couch 2:15pm

Once, long ago, I was given

a little wooden box

from a man with whom I thought I was in love

the little black & green box was given

with directions:

Keep Your Dreams In This

Years later I gave the box

as a going away present

to a young woman

who was off to France

& once, years after that

I asked her about the little black & green box

& she said:

I think Leham keeps his marbles in it