Melted Coinage

The Melted Coins Cover

I lay crossways on the backseat
of my father’s Volkswagen Type 3
reading “The Melted Coins”
a book I had just purchased
in North Chili New York

with a flimsy pillow beneath my back
and a lonely feeling
from this being
our first family vacation without
either my brother or my sister
who had grown up
and moved out

and I noted that
the original “Melted Coins”
had been about pirates
and tattoo parlors
and this ‘updated’ one
was about the theft of tribal mask
from a Native American tribe
and I thought my brother
would find that very funny

but he wasn’t there

the book was new and smelled like a new book
and I remember the smell of my father’s car

driving through Pennsylvania countryside

headed back home

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