Green Hills Literary Lantern





He said when he first came

to this country he stole

carpenter tools:  drills and files,

hammers, nails, pliers--

his drawers were filled with them.


He wasn’t a carpenter,

said he didn’t ever want to be

a carpenter.


He was Austrian, Jewish, his family’s sole

survivor.  His hair had

whitened here, but he still had

the trace of an accent.


He came to U.S. at 19,

via China,

knew no one.


He stole tools for about a year.



Peggy Garrison taught creative writing workshops for over 20 years. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, among them Green Hills Literary Lantern, Slant, Home Planet News and Paterson Literary ReviewTies (P&Q Press) is her most recent book of poems.