My Grandfather's Wallet

 It sat in my father's bathroom 

on the back of the toilet

Where he kept his prayer book,

pictures of us kids.

The wallet held my grandfather's

driver's license and other 

identity cards. Those  confirming

his address, work, date of birth

I often look at my similar

collection. Proof of insurance,

elementary school pictures of my son,

corners now work soft, too.

A blank check, prayer cards,

a band-aid

The sum total of a life

between memories and

recollections. Things left unsaid.

What is most remembered. 


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