Switched-on Gutenberg Vol. 6, No. 2
Wish You Were Here

The Czar and Czarina's lost heirlooms shine
behind glass. Archaeologists found them
with their skeletons in a Siberian forest.

Will I ever know my mother and father's
days and nights? I want something of them,
a gold-rimmed goblet, a ruby ring,

whatever bits remain. When I was a child,
a glass candle burnt twice a year, the mystery
of their marriage in each sputtering flame.

Copyright 2004,  Carole Stone

Carole Stone is professor of English and creative writing at Montclair State University. She has been a Fellow at Hawthornden International Writers Retreat in Scotland. Her latest poetry books are Lime and Salt and Orphan in the Movie House.


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