Poetry Month: Keepsake (Mortensen)

Still unused
the letter opener
she got on her birthday
has become tarnished.
It lies on the sill
next to a seashell
she gound in Florida
before moving west.
Before becoming a writer.
Before becoming a mother.
Her son wants to use it
as a dagger, to
wield it savagely
against monsters
streaming from toy-
cluttered corners
of his room
but he can’t
reach it yet.

– Viggo Mortensen, from Coincidence of Memory


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