My Legacy by Sandy Feinstein

Diamonds from Arabia
Persian sapphires
and rare Baghdad rubies
legible as runes.

The peddler carts memory
heavily loaded by his children’s
grown up tales, precious
stones and what became

a wife, courted
on golden promises
round her fair Rumanian neck
with dreams of more.

The daughter’s daughter knots
gold into tangled chains
to be stolen
then forgotten

until reopened as her story
of a man who woos
his wife in aureate strands
far, far from Mesopotamia.

 

 

 

Sandy Feinstein’s poetry appears over the past year in the print journals Poetry South, Connecticut River Review, Colere, and Blueline; online in Gyroscope, Redheaded Stepchild, Praxis Magazine, among others.