The Heirs Apparent and Not Apparent
The Heirs Apparent
and Not Apparent
The house is about to be divided.
"Why wait until I die," says his wife.
She figures his stuff would be
better off in the hands of those
who could find some use for it.
And she was never one for shrines.
His shaving gear goes in the trash
but his fishing rod, the one
he hasn't used in years.
is bequeathed to an outdoorsy nephew.
His tool kit quickly becomes
a focal point for grabbing hands.
She is pleased to hear people say
that his chainsaws and screwdriver sets
are all top of the line.
But his books are another matter.
The family that pour through his makeshift study
are uniformly indifferent to the written word.
He was always a curious man.
even at the end, eager to learn something
that he didn't know.
So how do you pass intelligence down
He would immerse himself
in those volumes for hours on end
while she went about her business.
That was one of the reasons why she loved him.
He knew how to be apart from her.
She'll no doubt, donate those volumes.
to some charity or other.
He has no equivalent so he'll be
spread among many.
Every stranger she comes across
could be but one fraction
of his whole.
That's why she loves him still.