Family Artifacts

In a fit of rage
and betrayal
a generation
of family artifacts
were gathered up, dumped
in cardboard boxes,
and systematically
piled on the porch
for The Salvation Army
to sort out
like bitter memories
returning during
awkward moments,
leaving us nothing
else to hold onto
but artifices
of our own making.

About the Author
Richard Rauch: I was born and raised in and around New Orleans and currently live along Bayou Lacombe in southeast Louisiana. A physicist by training, I currently test rockets that one day enable human explorers to return to the moon and venture on to Mars and beyond. My poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Confrontation, decomP, Grey Sparrow, Hotel Amerika, Many Mountains Moving, The Oxford American, Quiddity, and Slow Trains. Three of my poems appear in the Love Notes poetry anthology (Vagabondage Press, 2012). My flash fiction has appeared in Infective INk and was recently selected as a finalist in the 2012 Aspen Writers’ Foundation/Esquire Short, Short Fiction Contest.