He’d found a pic of a WWI
soldier who looks just like him.
It explains a lot, he says.

Why he dreams of helicopters.
Always felt old.  And that was only
our first year of college.

At the time, reincarnation,
just as a concept,
was enough to change us.

Picking Your Inheritance

Open all the cupboards
for an old memory
that will fit into
your new life.

Your grandmother’s sheets,
with teal and orange dahlias.
Twin sized.
The softest sheets
you’ll ever sleep on.
That don’t match any
of the beds in your house.