bending signs

by Rachna K.

                                    I wish every place said something:
                                    he was born here; here she looked at him;
                                    here they drank, conceived a dream and
                                    later, buried their wedding rings.

                                   Beware of open diaries and book blight.
                                   Caution: jars of memories float between fallen
                                   forks and knives. Here is where he broke her heart.

                                   Tradeoffs, thefts - part of life.
                                   Happiness, grief — unexpected visitors,
                                   finders' keepers.