Christina A. Sharik

THE COLLECTION

We dated a time or two
way back when –
you know how you think back
every now and then.
I remember we talked
about Vietnam;
he said he’d been there
and it was no big deal.
I thought that was a
strange thing to say –
a very odd way to feel.
What do I know?
Well, anyway, I remember
saying that I collected
paperweights, and fancy plates
and I asked him what his
hobbies were –
he said he liked to read, and
I asked if he had any collections
and he said he only had one
collection, from long ago
that he had kept these many years…
and when I asked him what it was
he turned his head away, and
muttered,
“I collected ears”