Poetry Drawer: Granite by Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois

I had a friend who was a chunk of granite
from the Granite State
She was grey and speckled
and very heavy
She was deceptively strong

I loaded her into my trunk
with some of her brothers and sisters
and cousins
I was going to plant them in my garden
I thought it would make my garden unique
I lived many states away from the
Granite State
I didn’t know if and when I would ever get back there
so I loaded my trunk up

As I was leaving the quarry
my rear axle broke
I was wondering if something like that
might happen
I’d put my trust in God
but God was not worthy of my trust

It was an old car
It was an old God
This God had a lot of staying power
He was the foundation stone
for a world of stupidity
Obviously, my car didn’t have staying power
It was what used to be called a “jalopy”
It didn’t have any value
The Kelly Blue Book said it was worth 99 cents
the same value as the
autobiography I’d placed on Amazon.com

I abandoned my car at the quarry
Luckily I hadn’t filled the tank for my return trip
It maybe had 99 cents worth of gas in it

I abandoned my life at the quarry too
Altogether I was out three dollars
not enough to worry about

I took a worn sweater out of the back seat
and headed down the dirt road
which led away from
the quarry

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