Dead Peoples Stuff For Sale

“Tell it how it is,” the manager said,

when she asked me to write the sign 

and design the promotional material.

”Something eye-catching

and straightforward.”


I usually knew the owners,

and the people who were once owners.

I’ve lived here long enough,

longer than she has.

So I should know.


I knew they were no longer with us.

I didn’t know if their past possessions 

were antiques,

or nearly new,

or even used

or slightly soiled.

But I knew the one time owners,

knew they were no longer with us.

So I did as I was asked.

It was a snappy caption,

I thought.

Certain to grab the attention of 

potential buyers.


I always follow instructions,

I explained at my next job interview

and I know how to tell it how it is.


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