April 28, 2014

Revelations in the Thrift Store by Richard Schnap

Here is a doll with a painted smile
And eyes as hollow as a ghost’s
Here is a book by an obscure author
That’s been out of print for a decade
Here is a dress from someone’s closet
In fashion for only a season
Here is a chair that once faced a desk
From a company long out of business

And I see a young girl falling in love
Leaving her childhood behind her
And a pile of notebooks left by the curb
Their words disappearing in the rain
And a mirror in a chic department store
Reflecting what the stars now endorse
And an old man passing a vacant lot
Where once stood the story of his life

Richard Schnap is a poet, songwriter and collagist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His poems have most recently appeared locally, nationally and overseas in a variety of print and online publications.

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