Northside Hardware

The paint above the paint
is peeling. A stack
of bolt cutters above
the office desk.

The nails
are sold only by the box now.

“you work here?”
“yes ma’am.”
“I heard you all got everything”
what do you need?”

I wonder, where
did the old things go?
The things that for years
nobody needed, are still
somehow missed.
Generations of price tags-
an oil lamp.
dusty wide mouth jars.
cap thread gaskets.
skeleton keys.

Things are starting
to make a little more sense
and you can see
where everything was
back when nobody knew
where anything was.

Bill did.

Kevin, I think he’d be proud.

Scott Holzman
Director of Programming

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