My Grandmother Buys Revere Ware
at Sears Roebuck, 1954
The salesman guarantees, “Them real good pots,”
then coughs, corrects himself: “Top-of-the-line
copper-clad cooking tools.” She hefts a stock
pot in her right hand, weighing it against her
youngest, hoisted on her cocked left hip, and
chooses a six-piece set.
She hopes her griefs
will come this way, as well: nesting neatly
as Russian dolls, the smaller ones swallowed
in the cold gleam of the larger, little sadnesses
hidden, and someone approaching, unbidden,
to appraise their value and help her carry them.
Josephine Yu is the author of Prayer Book of the Anxious (Elixir P, 2016). Winner of the 15th Annual Elixir Press Poetry Awards and the Ploughshares 2013 Emerging Writers Contest, Josephine's work has appeared in The Southern Review, Ploughshares, New Letters, 32 Poems, Best New Poets, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. Visit her at josephineyupoet.com.