Poetry | Goodwill Mugs

By Lydia Chlpka, Staff Columnist

Mugs — not matching — are being used

for not-drinking. They hold


keys and rings and pills and joys

that might need to be held


when the tenants are away.

Little homes of their own,


coves of ceramic and plastic and glass.

Fingers dip in and out,


placing, prodding, picking up.

Once in a while these mugs


end up empty. Joys used up

and rings worn and pills taken.


Of course, this is only temporary, but

the empty ones tend


to be the most beautiful

because you can see all


the way into them. Nothing

in the way of their insides, even if 


the thing in the way

was beautiful, too.