estate sale - Beth Lynn Clegg

decades of
worldly goods
tagged for
quick sale
scattered under
spreading oaks
provided buyers
shade from
summer heat
while haggling
for bargains
as their rowdy
children explored
barn loft
tractor and
hay baler

dusty rooms
tattered curtains
creaking floors
belling a once
pristine home
now greeted
family members
wishing to
shed memories
that choked like
cheap perfume
as they departed
unobserved with
no regret or reminder
of their roots
leaving only
a mail address
for the auctioneer.

Beth Lynn Clegg of Houston is 90 years young, a fourth generation Texan who enrolled in a creative writing class after retiring from other endeavors. She has been published in a variety of local, national and international genres; read on NPR, locally, and elsewhere. Her essay on democratic ideas and practices placed third in a Bryan, Texas writer’s contest and was read in the library prior to being placed in the permanent archives of the Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station. When she’s not reading, writing, solving jigsaw puzzles, or watching TV, she may be found in the kitchen preparing a favorite dish. Her open door is an invitation for neighbors in other apartments to come in and “sit a spell.” She especially enjoys a long-distance phone call from her daughter and any time with her son or his family.