Now a Member of the Guild

Alan Asnen
Nov 9, 2019 · 1 min read
Photo by Mathilde Merlin on Unsplash

For long months I closed
and opened the odd-edged drawers
my father had built with his tense

hands, never till later wondering
how the power of his construction
had held me in a controlled awe.

How does he do this? I’d asked
myself for adolescent years unstudied,
looking at the uneven woods, bright

with paint, not knowing the lack
of finish hidden beneath an enamel shine.
Closing and opening, changing the contents

of each drawer regularly, noting them
with my exactitude, making the container
part with the contents (as if his somehow

could be made mine). Later, moving
to the sturdy reversion of cardboard boxes
and piles on a floor. Now I need nothing

of drawers: in my mind the perfection
of sleek-lined furnitures; in my life
objects amassed on open shelves.

© Alan Asnen 2019

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Alan Asnen

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Possessor of Paul Newman eyes. Author of many things straightforward and strange. Some of them appear here. “Women zai shuo ba” as the Mandarin say. Born 2016.

Literally Literary

We've Got a Story for You

Alan Asnen

Written by

Possessor of Paul Newman eyes. Author of many things straightforward and strange. Some of them appear here. “Women zai shuo ba” as the Mandarin say. Born 2016.

Literally Literary

We've Got a Story for You

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